Hatoyama picks Kan as new finance chief to succeed Fujii
Wednesday 06th January, 08:24 PM JST
Deputy Prime Minister Naoto Kan will be Japan’s next finance minister, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday. The current minister, Hirohisa Fujii, will step down for health reasons, Hatoyama told reporters, adding that Kan accepted his offer of the new post.
With the appointment, Yoshito Sengoku, state minister in charge of administrative reform, will concurrently serve as state minister for national strategy, the post currently taken up by Kan. Hatoyama said the latest personnel matters were also approved by Ichiro Ozawa, the powerful secretary general of the main ruling Democratic Party of Japan.