Japan parliament votes in Hatoyama as PM

Japan's Hatoyama was voted in as PM by parliament's lower house.

Japan parliament votes in Hatoyama as PM

Japan's Yukio Hatoyama was voted in as prime minister by parliament's lower house on Wednesday.

Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan trounced the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in elections last month, ousting the business-friendly party from power for just the second time in its 54-year history.

His new cabinet faces pressure to make good on campaign promises to focus spending on consumers, cut waste and reduce bureaucrats' control over policy while reviving an economy just emerging from its worst recession in 60 years without inflating an already huge public debt.

Reuters
Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2009, 16:48
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