Hatoyama Confirmed as Japan's New PM

Shift in power marks end of 50 years of conservative rule
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2009 5:50 AM CDT
Yukio Hatoyama arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo today.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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(Newser) – Japan's parliament formally voted in Yukio Hatoyama as the country's new prime minister today, ending an almost half-century of rule by the Liberal Democratic Party, CNN reports. The LDP's Taro Aso and his cabinet resigned en masse earlier in the day. Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan won a landslide election victory last month with an Obama-style message of change. The party plans a "trickle-up" strategy to revive the country's recession-ravaged economy by raising household incomes.