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Naoto Kan chosen as Japan's next PM

world Updated: Jun 04, 2010 12:40 IST

Japan's Finance Minister in the previous cabinet, Naoto Kan, has been chosen as the next prime minister of the world's second-largest economy, after his predecessor bowed out over the bungled handling of a US base dispute.

Kan was chosen as Japan's next prime minister by the lower house of parliament today after he won in the Democratic Party of Japan's presidential election.