Discuss: Japanese Prime Minister Resigns

Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Democratic Party Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama in Toyko on June 2, 2010 to announce his resignation. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

The resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama last week, makes him the fifth leader to leave office in the last four years.

Japan's centre-left Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned less than nine months after taking power following a landslide election win.

The new prime minister, Naoto Kan, hasn't spoken out much but the political turmoil raises questions about Japan's future both economically and politically. The question remains whether Asia's former economic powerhouse can regain its way.

Join the discussion below: What do you think it will take for Japan to get back on top? What do you see as the crucial next steps for Japan's new Prime Minister?