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Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, center, bows as he is congratulated by outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan upon his election as the new leader of the Democratic Party of Japan at a voting by the party lawmakers in Tokyo on Monday. Applauding at left is former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, one of four contenders who ran against Noda.

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Good Luck champ.... Think your going to ned it

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Does anyone actually feel that anything will get done? Be honest.

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He will. He will follow Kan's guidance. A new beginning very possible.

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Nothing going to change or get done, same old same old and Maehara in the background will have his turn in a few months.

Politics is a JOKE in this country and so are the politicians.

Oh and by the way Noda I expect Fukushima to be decontaminated, the north eastern area of Japan to be rebuilt and the yen to be at 120 to the $ by Friday. Cheers and Thanks.

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They'll boot him out in less than 12 months...

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New Beginning ? NOT Likely..... 5 Nominees, only got 52% of the vote.... re-election September 2012. At BEST he will lay the framework for change but we wont see anything on his watch. He needs to get really focused, make his cabinet accountable and be confident that the job his for 12 months.

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At least he seems good at bowing

I guess it will come in handy when he starts apologizing left and right.

When I first came to Japan, someone told me; Don't worry about looking or being stupid, it is highly accepted in Japan, as long as you know how to apologize. I'm starting to think he was right.

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Who cares? Why don't they show something more interesting.... At the end its the "same old same old". PM's come and go. It will never change.

@SquidBert

At least he seems good at bowing I guess it will come in handy when he starts apologizing left and right.

I second that.

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He will not last, but will likely raise taxes in the short time he is in office.

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"Here's the keys to this sinking ship... I'm bailing!"

Seriously, though -- he's got a LOT cut out for him. I wonder if he'll achieve anything before next year's election (when he'll likely get the boot). Best of luck.

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Of all the countries experiencing unrest with their citizens voicing their opinions you can always count on the Japanese populace to sit down, shut up and take what ever is given to them. They have no voice in who becomes the leader of their country. It's amazing really.

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And also:

It's all yours

Hope you don't mind, but we replaced the 'Keys to the Kingdom' with a temporary pass card.

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I'd love to see the Emperor and the Royal Family 'rule' again.

Or at least, Junichiro Koizumi Part 2.

They can't just abdicate when things get rough, so they'll do everything in their power to get their country back on track unlike these gutless politicians who merely abandon ship.

Desperate times call for superior leaders.

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I'd love to see the Emperor and the Royal Family 'rule' again.

Yeah, that worked real good the last time didn't it?

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No matter what, he keeps reminding me of that one "Dacho Club" dude. Good luck anyways :-)

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I like to see the facial expression of Mr Maehara, his sight blending to others instead of a sincerely congraduations to Mr Noda! But anyway, anyone to be the next Pm of Japan is a good thing except him! Actually my favorite is Mr Kaieda, he is a person friendly enough and his experiences is capable to take the duty. I hope Mr Kaieda good luck to be the FM of Japan in Noda's cabinet!. The failure of Mr Maehara is definately a good sign to asia, this man just know 'US-Japan alliances' against China, he is dangerous and out of touch with what is real! Asia has avoided a castaropic conflict between Japan and China because Mr maehara was out! My advice is he should immigrant to USA and find a job in those US think tank to provoke Chinese phobia! Well done, Mr Ozawa! You really wonderful!

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What does Mr maehara knows besides 'US-Japan allainces' in his mind? he seems dont understand Japan's recovery needs China! He should spend more time to rethink about his own 'believes' and his despicable political money laundering! He push too hard and fimnally results in nothing! Maybe his failure is not a good news for Hillary but definately goos for asia!

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What does Mr Maehara knows besides 'US-Japan alliances' in his mind? he seems dont understand Japan's recovery needs China! He should spend more time to rethink about his own 'believes' and his despicable political money laundering! He push too hard and finally results in nothing! Maybe his failure is not a good news for Hillary but definately good for asia!

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I'm sorry but Naoto Kan wan not the enormous problem everyone has made him out to be. Heart was definitely in the right place.

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Sorry not "wan" as in dog noise but "was"

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I make prayer for Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

Dear God, please give Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda help, support and guidance in facing his new daily duties as the Prime Minister of Japan.

Dear God, please protect Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda from all those bad and evil people out there whom has ill will and bad hearted towards him.

Dear God, please make it be that under Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as Prime Minister of Japan the japanese economy will recover and people will live prosperously.

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"Shuffilng the deck chairs on the titanic" , is what I would've run with for a caption

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Seiji Maehara is so slimy.

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Ojigi #101

Folks, look at a deep "Ojigi" ( the act of bowing down) by Noda. This is how it is supposed to be.

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Shaking hands while bowing....

What's happened to this once-great country?!?! Next thing you know, they'll be speaking Engrish to each other!

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For once, the caption for a Picture of the Day is perfect. It describes this transaction on every possible level.

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One would think that, as a Finance Minister, Noda has the mentality and experience to take steps towards getting Japan's economy back on track. At least he has Kan's recent budget bill to work with, should he so choose to do so. Only time will tell how well he does, if at all.

For now, everyone should just wish Noda luck and try not to paint the whole picture before he has revealed his true colors as DPJ Leader and PM. You never know what might happen. For example, a lot of people thought Kan would wreak havoc and make things worse, but in the light of recent events, he didn't do half as bad as some expected - especially in the face of disaster.

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Noda seems to be giving me the impress of, "what have I got myself into?"

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Nothing will change in Japan. The first important thing to understand is that it is the bureaucrats rather than the elected politicians who really run Japan. The members and committees of the Diet have small staffs and budgets and very limited powers of investigation and oversight of the very powerful bureaucracy run by Japan's elite. The bureaucrats have always regarded themselves as the keeper of the flame of the true Japan and treat the politicians with disdain if not dismissal.

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