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Friday, 21st September 2012
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Noda wins leadership vote

Japan's incumbent prime minister Yoshihiko Noda is celebrating after claiming victory in a party leadership contest held earlier today (September 21st).

Mr Noda was re-elected with a convincing majority, warding off the challenge of three other candidates to retain his position as president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).

Under DPJ party rules, a vote must be held biannually, with former internal affairs minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi and ex-agriculture ministers Hirotaka Akamatsu and Michihiko Kano running against the leader.

However, in the end, Mr Noda won by a comfortable majority, claiming 818 of the 1,231 points based on valid votes cast by local assembly members, DPJ lawmakers and supporters nationwide, during a convention held at the Chiyoda Ward of Tokyo.

The 55-year-old is the sixth prime minister of Japan in as many years, after first taking office following the resignation of Naoto Kan in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster.

Posted by Graham McPherson

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