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Friday, 4th June 2010
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Kan confirmed as Japanese PM

Naoto Kan has been revealed as the new prime minister of Japan, after Yukio Hatoyama stepped down.

Kan won 313 votes out of a total 477 in the lower house of the Japanese government but his role was also approved by those sitting in the upper house.

Hatoyama resigned following dramatic falls in public favour caused by his decision to not move a controversial US military base off the island of Okinawa - a decision which saw him reverse on an election promise which helped him to his landslide victory.

Kan, who was the Democratic Party of Japan's finance minister, is the country's 94th prime minister and the nation's fifth in less than four years. His new cabinet will be revealed next week.

He is known for his strong style of politics and the New York Times recently noted that this sets him apart from his predecessor, who became known for his indecisive nature.

Written by Mark Smith.

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