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  • Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows after his election by party lawmakers as the new leader of the Democratic Party of Japan on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in Tokyo. Mr. Noda's election paves the way for him to be Japan's next prime minister. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

    Japan's finance minister faces challenges as next leader

    Japan's finance minister was voted ruling party leader Monday and soon will be the prime minister, taking on a mind-boggling mix of challenges: tsunami recovery, a nuclear crisis and a bulging national debt, to name a few.


  • **FILE** Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, wearing one of the blue work jackets that have become ubiquitous among bureaucrats since the tsunami, reacts during a budget committee meeting in parliament's upper house in Tokyo on March 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

    ANALYSIS: Lame-duck PM Kan struggles to leave stamp on Japan

    With powerful groups, including the Japan Business Federation allied against him, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan often has appeared to be an outsider within the country's massive governmental apparatus.


  • Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (right) greets U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. before their meeting at Mr. Kan's official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

    Japan's unpopular Kan will step down

    A former foreign minister announced his candidacy to lead Japan just hours after unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that he would be out of the picture by early next week.


  • **FILE** In this photo from March 24, 2011, a young evacuee is screened at a shelter for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (Associated Press)

    AP: Japan ignored own radiation forecasts

    Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air, the system predicted Karino Elementary School would be directly in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.


  • Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (right) talks with Katsuya Okada, secretary-general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, at a meeting of the party's members of parliament on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Japan's prime minister beats censure

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan defeated a no-confidence motion Thursday over his handling of Japan's triple disasters, but the victory may be short-lived: He said he is willing to resign once the country's recovery kicks in.


  • Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (right) talks with Katsuya Okada, secretary-general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, at a meeting of the party's members of parliament on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Japanese Prime Minister Kan beats censure

    Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence vote in his party Thursday after he made a vague promise to step down once he fulfills his role to "overcome" the country's post-tsunami crisis.


  • President Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the G-8 summit in Deauville, France, on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Japan plans to lead in renewable energy, nuclear safety

    Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday announced bold measures for Japan to take a global lead in renewable energy and nuclear safety, as a new leak was reported at Fukushima's stricken nuclear power plant.


  • Obama repeats pledge to stand by Japan

    Meeting with the Japanese prime minister on the margins of the G-8 Summit in France, President Obama on Thursday assured the ally that the U.S. stands behind his country as it recovers from March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.


  • Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has started winning public support while trying to guide the nation through its post-tsunami crisis. (Associated Press)

    Under pressure since tsunami, Kan gaining public support

    Prime Minster Naoto Kan is beginning to win public support for his hard-nosed determination to steer Japan through its post-tsunami nuclear crisis.


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