Lawmaker: Emperor should have resigned

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- A Japanese lawmaker has said the late Emperor Hirohito, known as Emperor Showa, should have stepped down when Japan lost World War II to take responsibility.

Another 13 hit by Japan's pension scandal

TOKYO, May 13 (UPI) -- Japan's pension fund scandal has broadened as another 13 politicians have admitted they failed to make compulsory payments to the national program.

Ozawa to lead opposition DPJ party

TOKYO, May 12 (UPI) -- The secretary-general of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan Wednesday asked Ichiro Ozawa to lead the party in place of Naoto Kan, who has resigned.

Kan resigned from DPJ head

TOKYO, May 10 (UPI) -- Japan's continuing national pension saga claimed another politician's head Monday on the heels of the chief cabinet minister a few days earlier.

Japan party chief says he won't resign

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- Several Japanese national lawmakers have not made mandatory pension premium payments and some may be pressured to resign, The Japan Times reported Sunday.

Japanese official, Annan discuss Iraq

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Japan's largest opposition party will support troops being sent to Iraq if they are part of a multinational force led by the United Nations.
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Naoto Kan
(L-R)Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan President and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Tsutomu Hata, Finance Minister Naoto Kan, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa raise their fists during their party's annual convention in Tokyo, Japan, on January 16, 2010. UPI/Keizo Mori

Naoto Kan (菅 直人, Kan Naoto?, born 10 October 1946) is a Japanese politician, and former Prime Minister of Japan. In June 2010, then-Finance Minister Kan was elected as the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and designated Prime Minister by the Diet to succeed Yukio Hatoyama. On 26 August 2011, Kan announced his resignation. Yoshihiko Noda was formally appointed as Prime Minister by the Emperor of Japan on 2 September 2011.

Kan was born in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as the son of Hisao Kan, an executive for a glass manufacturer. He graduated in 1970 from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and became a licensed benrishi (patent agent/attorney) in 1971.

His hobbies are go, shogi and origami. Kan built a machine to calculate the complicated mahjong point system and applied for a patent in 1973.

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