Japan's lower house elects Noda new prime minister

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New leader of the Democratic Party of Japan Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference shortly after his election at a voting by the party lawmakers in Tokyo Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Japan's ruling party elected Noda its new chief Monday, paving the way for him to be the next prime minister and inherit the daunting task of recovering from the huge tsunami and nuclear crisis. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lower house has elected former Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as the country's new prime minister.

The less powerful upper house, controlled by the opposition, still needs to vote. If it rejects Noda, the lower house will vote again, where Noda is virtually assured of winning again. The vote took place Tuesday.

Noda, seen as a fiscal conservative, will face a host of daunting problems, including the post-tsunami recovery, nuclear crisis, sluggish economy and yen's surge.