Fukuda Tapped to Be Japan's New Prime Minister

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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party selects veteran politician Yasuo Fukuda as its leader, paving the way for him to become prime minister. Fukuda promised to rebuild public trust in his party, which is struggling to maintain its decades-long lock on power.

Fukuda was Japan's longest-serving chief cabinet secretary, and LDP faction bosses chose him for his experience and steady hand.

But others say that the faction bosses backed Fukuda in exchange for guarantees of key government positions for themselves or their faction members.



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