Japan former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda

Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuo Fukudo announced his resignation abruptly today taking many by surprise especially since he took office less than a year ago.

Mr Fukuda did not say when his resignation would take effect, adding that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party would hold an internal election to choose his successor.

Fukuda government has suffered chronic unpopularity. Lost pension records, a controversial healthcare scheme and a sliding economy have added to his woes. Mr Fukuda has also been frustrated by the upper house of parliament, which is controlled by the opposition.

“If we are to prioritise the people’s livelihoods, there cannot be a political vacuum from political bargaining, or a lapse in policies,” said Mr Fukuda.

He told the hastily convened news conference that a new team was needed to implement his party’s policies.