Prime Minister Naoto Kan has stated he may soon resign from office, keeping Japan in its pattern of an annual transition of premiership. It seems he has no choice.

Kan had already been under pressure to step down as Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader following the sluggish post-GFC economy, losses in the 2010 upper house elections and an electoral funding scandal. Thrust into handling the March 11 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, Kan was temporarily spared, but has been weakened further by an attempted no-confidence motion in the Diet, held on June 2.