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In this May 30, 2010 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama participates in the trilateral summit of South Korea, Japan and China in Seogwipo on Jeju island, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-won, Pool, File) In this May 30, 2010 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama participates in the trilateral summit of South Korea, Japan and China in Seogwipo on Jeju island, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-won, Pool, File)

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama says he is resigning.

Hatoyama told a news conference broadcast nationwide on Wednesday that he will step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.

After eight months in office, the embattled prime minister has faced growing pressure from within his own party to resign ahead of July elections.

His approval ratings have plummeted over the bungling of handling the Marine Air Station Futenma, reinforcing his public image as an indecisive leader.

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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has said he intends to resign.

Public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that Hatoyama told his party executives he intended to step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.

The embattled prime minister has faced growing pressure from within his own party to resign ahead of July elections.

His approval ratings have plummeted over the bungling, reinforcing his public image as an indecisive leader after only eight months in office since September.

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