Why Hatoyama - and Many Japanese Prime Ministers - Stumbled
Blair, Gavin, The Christian Science Monitor
Yukio Hatoyama is Japan's fourth prime minister in a row to last for less than a year, and the 14th to hold the post in 21 years. Many PMs have risen as part of a political dynasty without having to hone leadership skills.
When Japan's next prime minister takes office following Yukio Hatoyama's resignation announcement on Wednesday, he will be the 15th occupant of the office in the past 21 years.
Take the unusually long tenure of Junichiro Koizumi (2001-2006) out of the equation, and 13 prime ministers have lasted a total of 16 years.
Mr. Hatoyama himself was the fourth consecutive leader who failed to last even a year in the job. For all the hopes of …
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