Naoto Kan Elected Japanese Prime Minister

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's lower house of parliament has elected
finance chief Naoto Kan as the new prime minister.

The widely expected result effectively makes him Japan's next
leader. The upper house will vote later, but the result is largely
ceremonial because the more powerful lower house can override its
decision if needed.

Kan succeeds Yukio Hatoyama, who resigned Wednesday amid dismal
approval ratings over broken campaign promises.

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