Yoshihiko Noda elected as new Japan prime minister, replacing Naoto Kan

By on Aug 30, 2011 in Asia, International, Politics Comments

Yoshihiko Noda was named as the new Japan prime minister on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, as elected by the country’s lower parliament, replacing Naoto Kan.

Yoshihiko Noda, new Japan prime minister
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According to international news sites that day, Yoshihiko Noda won 308 out of 476 possible votes to become Japan‘s sixth prime minister in five years.

Noda, 54, president of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and former cabinet member of Mr. Kan, assumed his position as prime minister one day after he was picked by the Japan’s ruling party.

The country’s former finance minister will be replacing Naoto Kan who resigned last Tuesday after being criticized for alleged mishandling the situation after the earthquake-tsunami last March.

“Running Japan‘s government is like pushing a giant snowball up a snowy, slippery hill,” Yoshihiko Noda was quoted as saying by CNN on Sunday, who noted that he will be assigning new cabinet members this week.

“In times like this, we can’t say, ‘I don’t like this person,’ or ‘I don’t like that person.’ The snowball will slide down.” Mr. Noda added, noting that re-building Japan needs the support of everyone.

The new Japan prime minister is being expected to be officially endorsed by Japan‘s emperor on Wednesday after a ceremony, and will start on his new post that day.

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