Japan's prime minister steps down over US base row

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama wearing a work outfit enters his official residence in Tokyo after returning from foot-and-mouth disease-hit Miyazaki, southern Japan, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The embattled prime minister faced growing pressure Tuesday from within his own party to resign ahead of July elections over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa. ( (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara))

June 2, 2010 5:16:52 AM PDT
Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned Wednesday to improve his party's chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base.

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