Can Naoto Kan Survive?

In a country that has had six prime ministers in the last five years, Naoto Kan must be feeling like a veteran: he has lasted 270 days in office, which is 11 days longer than his predecessor, Yukio Hatoyama.

But his time may be up, too, after the resignation at the weekend of his foreign minister, Seiji Maehara,.

When the Guardian interviewed him recently, Maehara was seen as a rising star in the Democratic party, as it tries to cleanse itself of the taint left by its former leader Ichiro Ozawa, who was indicted in a political financing case.

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