Naoto Kan becomes Japan's new prime minister

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Japanese lawmakers have elected Naoto Kan, former Finance Minister, as the country's new prime minister. It comes two days after the surprise resignation of Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down in a dispute concerning the US military base at Okinawa.

Kan will be the fifth prime minister the country has had in three years. A fiscal conservative and outspoken populist he has promised `a new start' for the country.

Roland Buerk reports.

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