Naoto Kan becomes Japan's new prime minister


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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