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Japan fumbles to choose 6th PM

world Updated: Aug 29, 2011 00:20 IST

The five candidates vying to become Japan's next prime minister promised on Sunday to resolve the country's nuclear crisis and revive its battered economy, amid widespread public cynicism about a revolving door of leaders.

Japan, which is set to see its sixth PM in five years, has fumbled recently to find leadership to tackle formidable challenges, including recovery from a massive earthquake and tsunami in March and the battle to bring a nuclear power plant sent into meltdown by the disasters under control A debate on Sunday among the candidates was not carried live on any of the major TV networks. "In Japan these days, a PM who lasts even one year is a miracle," said Minoru Morita, who has written several books on Japanese politics.