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Wednesday, 9th June 2010
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Kan promises to cut Japanese debt

The new Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan has pledged to reduce the nation's debt and "fundamentally rebuild" the country, in one of his first press conferences since being elected.

Kan took over the leadership of the ruling party and in turn became prime minister after the shock resignation of existing ruler Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down following his decision to keep a controversial US military base on the island of Okinawa.

He promised to move the base during his election campaign and his failure to do so, as well as the time it took him to make a decision, led to sharp falls in his popularity among Japanese voters.

Speaking to reporters after he revealed his new cabinet, which is made up of many ministers much younger than those usually seen in such posts in Japan, Kan said he plans to make Japan a "vigorous" nation and noted that the current level of debt in the country is its biggest issue.

Written by Kimberley Homer.