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Japan's parliament elects new PM

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The Japanese parliament has elected the country’s fifth prime minister in three years. As expected, Naoto Kan is the new leader having already been chosen as head of the ruling Democratic Party.

Until recently Finance Minister, the 63 year old says the priority will be to revitalise Japan.

The move follow Yukio Hatoyama’s resignation as prime minister on Wednesday in a dispute over a US military base in the south of the country.

The challenge for the new government will be to engineer growth in an ageing society. The new prime minister has pushed for higher taxes and spending cuts to tackle Japan’s national debt.