June 3, 2010

BECAUSE HE'S DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB WITH THE ECONOMY?:

Finance Chief Favored as Next Japanese Leader (MARTIN FACKLER, 6/03/10, NY Times)

Finance Minister Naoto Kan emerged on Thursday as the leading candidate to become Japan’s next leader, one day after the unpopular prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, abruptly announced his resignation. [...]

The party is apparently betting that Mr. Kan’s background as a former civic activist who rose through the opposition will make him a more forceful leader than the indecisive and professorial Mr. Hatoyama, who squandered last summer’s historic election mandate.

Known for his quick temper, Mr. Kan, 63, gained national attention in the mid-1990s when as health minister he exposed the use of H.I.V.-tainted blood. In the Hatoyama administration, he also served as deputy prime minister and was a point man in the party’s push to rein in secretive central ministries that have run Japan since World War II.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2010 5:52 AM
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