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.