South Korean media reports that between May and September, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe sent personal letters to North Korea's Kim Jong-un to hold bilateral meetings to ease tensions between the two countries. A Japanese government spokesman denies the report.
Naoto Kan announces his resignation as Prime Minister of Japan after the Parliament passes two key pieces of legislation. [https:--web.archive.org-web-20121007025826-http:--news.ninemsn.com.au-world-8290652-japanese-prime-minister-expected-to-resign (AP via NineMSN)] [http:--www.mercurynews.com-news-ci_18760300?nclick_check=1 (AP via "San Jose Mercury News")]date=August 2019
The Japanese government led by Prime Minister Naoto Kan announces that it is firing three senior bureaucrats responsible for nuclear energy policy as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster earlier this year.