Japanese Prime Minister Resigns Unexpectedly

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has announced his resignation.

Fukuda made the surprise annoucement Monday evening in a hastily called news conference, bringing his term to an end less than a year after he took office.

The 72-year-old has suffered from chronically low support ratings as he presided over a parliament split between the ruling party and the opposition.

He did not specify when the resignation would take effect.