Ichiro Ozawa, secretary-general of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s party, asked Hatoyama to step down from his post, Yukio Ubukata, vice secretary- general of the party said in a TV Asahi program today. Ubukata said he expects both to resign before an upper house election next month. Hatoyama refused to resign during a meeting of senior party officials yesterday, Kyodo News reported.
As this action will likely lead to Yen weakness, and thus Euro strength, the most likely result will be a green close for the Nikkei, once again indicating that politically destabilizing fundamentals don’t matter to C++.
Updated at 7:20/2nd June/Baroda