Japan's new PM ridiculed by wife in book
iJapan's new prime minister has terrible fashion sense, cannot cook and is an intellectual lightweight; not the verdict of Naoto Kan's political opponents, but the musings of his own wife.
Mr Kan (pictured) was struggling to maintain his credibility yesterday after his wife, Nobuko, took the unusual step of publishing a book that lists her husband's failings. It is a very long list.
If the Japanese public had any doubts about the man who took the top job barely a month ago, the first lady's comments are unlikely to reassure them.
"I wonder, 'Is it OK that this man is prime minister?' -- because I know him so well," she muses in the book, titled 'What on Earth will change in Japan after you become prime minister?'
According to Mrs Kan (64), her husband is not suited to leading the nation.
Mr Kan (63) -- nicknamed Irritable Kan on account of his quick temper -- flunked his first speech as PM and his public appearances have been pretty woeful, she laments.
"Even as a family member, I could not give him a passing grade for his delivery of a policy speech, or for the question-and-answer sessions after he became prime minister."
The couple were married in 1971 but the relationship was sorely tested in 1998 when revelations emerged that Mr Kan wasinvolved in an affair.
Commenting he later revealed: "My wife scolded me: 'You idiot!'"
(© Daily Telegraph, London)