Japan Elects Finance Minister As Country’s Fifth New PM In 4 Years
June 4, 2010
Japan (ChattahBox) – After the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama over the broken campaign promise to remove a U.S. base from the island of Okinawa, Finance Minister Naoto Kan has been named Prime Minister.
The political situation in Japan has been a rocky one, with five leaders taking the position since 2006, though the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) continues to hold the most influence over the Diet [Japanese parliament].
“The very first thing we must do is to regain the trust of the people. I have confidence that economic growth and social welfare can be realized together,” Kan said in his speech prior to the parliamentary vote earlier this morning.
Kan’s rise to the premiership is far from surprising, as he is fairly popular with the people of Japan, and was likely the only elected leader that could maintain the position with the falling prestige of the DPJ.
He is especially well known and liked for his exposure of a government cover-up of a blood-transfusion mistake that led to thousands of hemophilia patients contracting AIDS through tainted blood.