Japan PM apologises for failures Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso has publicly apologised for what he called his failures and for his ruling party's string of local election losses. He spoke hours after dissolving parliament ahead of an early general election scheduled for 30 August. Opinion polls suggest the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) could lose heavily to the opposition Democratic Party (DPJ) in the election. A DPJ victory would end five decades of almost uninterrupted rule by the LDP. '"My shortcomings caused mistrust from the public and I apologise from my heart for this," Mr Aso said to his party's legislators in a televised speech. BBC News Link If only Brown would do the same!!