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File photo taken on June 27, 2011 shows Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan attending a press conference in Tokyo, capital of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told the ministers in his Cabinet on Aug. 23 that they are likely to resign on Aug. 30, when his successor is expected to come, according to Kyodo News report. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told the ministers in his Cabinet on Tuesday that they are likely to resign on Aug. 30, when his successor is expected to come, according to Kyodo News report.

Kan has suggested that he would quit after securing parliamentary passage of the bill to allow the government to issue deficit-covering bonds in fiscal 2011 and the bill to promote the use of renewable energy.

The two bills are expected to be passed by Friday.

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan is planning to select its next leader, who is likely to become Japan`s sixth prime minister in five years.

Japan`s finance minister Yoshihiko Noda, industry minister Banri Kaieda are the front runners in the leadership race, while former foreign minister Seiji Maehara has reemerged as another potential candidate to succeed Kan.

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TOKYO, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan`s government dropped to 15.8 percent, marking a fresh low since he took up the post in June last year, a Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.

The telephone survey, to which 1,016 eligible voters responded, was conducted on Saturday and Sunday. In the previous poll conducted in July, the support for Kan`s Cabinet was 17.1 percent. 

 
Date:2011-8-23 17:53:05     
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