Naoto Kan Becomes DPJ Chief
Democratic Party of Japan legislators Friday voted for finance minister Naoto Kan, to succeed the outgoing Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as the party leader.
• Support Rate for Japan's Premier-elect Stands at around 60 pct: Opinion Polls
Public opinion polls showed Sunday that around 60 percent of voters have high hopes for Japan's Prime Minister Elect Naoto Kan.
• Chinese Premier Congratulates Kan on Election as Japanese PM
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday sent a message to Naoto Kan to congratulate him on his election as Japanese prime minister.
• Naoto Kan Elected Japan's New PM
Newly-elected Democratic Party of Japan chief Naoto Kan was set to become Japan's new prime minister after being approved in Japan's lower house Friday.
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• Kan, Obama Talk on Futenma Issue
Japan's Prime Minister Elect Naoto Kan held talks early Sunday with U.S. President Barack Obama on the Futenma base issue, local media reported.
• New Base Deal Drives Wedge through Japanese Gov't
Japan and the United States announced in a joint statement a new framework of agreement regarding the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture, the subject of a steadily escalating debate that has tested the resolve of Washington and raised questions about Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's ability to govern.
• Japanese Consumer Affairs Minister Sacked
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has sacked Social Democratic Party leader Mizuho Fukushima as the consumer affairs minister from his cabinet, state broadcaster NHK reported Friday.
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About Hatoyama
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced Wednesday his decision to resign, making him the fourth Japanese prime minister to step down in four years.
• Key Events Leading to Hatoyama's Resignation

May 31 -- Mizuho Fukushima, leader of the SDP says her party may support a no-confidence motion against the DPJ Cabinet.
 
May 30 -- SDP decides to leave coalition government.

May 28 -- SDP Chief Mizuho Fukushima asked by Hatoyama to resign from Cabinet.

May 28 -- Hatoyama says Japan and the U.S. have struck a fresh agreement on the relocation of a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa Prefecture. 

Int'l Reaction
• U.S. Respects Japanese PM's Decision to Step Down: White House
• Ties with Japan Won't Change after Hatoyama's Resignation: U.S.
• China to Further Bilateral Ties with Japan: FM
Indepth
• Leadership Hopefuls of Japan's Ruling DPJ
• Commentary: Hatoyama Falls Victim to Futenma Dilemma
• News Analysis: Hatoyama, Latest out of Japan's "Revolving Door" for PMs
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