We can discuss whether history rhymes or repeats, but one thing is clear:
Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo has resigned, less than one year into his tenure as prime minister.
The questions on the table are obvious. Will public outcry against a third prime minister without an election lead the LDP to call an early election? Will Aso Taro be ushered into power in the hope that his popularity might buy the LDP some time before rushing into an election?
The reasons seem more apparent. Going into the new Diet session, Mr. Fukuda has had control of neither his party nor his governing coalition. He has been pressured to make decisions against his will — such as the date for the opening of the Diet — and stymied in his efforts to move an agenda.
Do we stand at the brink of a second 1993?