Calls have been growing within the Democratic Party of Japan for his resignation after a recent plunge in the cabinet's approval rating and his awkward handling of the relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa, reports WSJ.
Polls this week showed that support for. Hatoyama's government had fallen to around 20%, compared with levels above 70% in September. The main cause of the collapse in polls was the result of his backtracking last month on a pledge to relocate U.S. troops stationed on Okinawa.
The U.S. clearly muscled him, and now the people of Japan have muscled him out.