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Tuesday, 5th January 2010
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Finance officer 'offers to quit'

The Japanese finance minister Hirohisa Fujii has offered to hand in his resignation after being plagued by ill health.

Fujii, who is 77, has been left exhausted by recent budget talks and according to reports, has now told the Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama that he is prepared to quit.

Following the news, political analysts noted that the offer shows the potential instability of Hatoyama's government, who were elected into power in a landslide victory in August last year.

The finance minister is one of the most politically experienced out of the Hatoyama cabinet and has been in the position twice in his career.

Earlier this month, Fujii told the prime minister that he was concerned over a scheduled questions session in Japanese parliament this month but Hatoyama told reporters he wanted the minister to "keep doing his best", according to Reuters.

Before Hatoyama's Democratic Party came to power, the Liberal Democrats had been in government in Japan almost continuously for 50 years.

Written by Kimberley Homer.