Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is to announce that he intends to resign, according to senior ruling party officials.
Mr Abe has faced growing calls for his resignation since his Liberal Democrat party lost elections to the upper house of parliament in July.
Mr Abe, who is seen as a nationalist, took over as prime minister a year ago. At 52, he was Japan's youngest post-war head of government.
Mr Abe is expected to hold a news conference at 1400 local time (0500GMT).
Pretty surprising. The BBC article doesn't say much, so I ask if anyone knows more about what may have lead to his resignation?