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Busy in-tray awaits Japanese leader

By Chris Hogg
BBC News, Tokyo

Mr Fukuda says he has no charisma but is seen as a safe pair of hands

Japan's governing party has chosen the son of a former prime minister as its new leader.

Yasuo Fukuda, who is 71, becomes the president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and is certain to be elected prime minister when parliament meets on Tuesday.
He is the oldest Japanese prime minister to take office since 1991. He replaces Japan's youngest leader in recent history, Shinzo Abe, who was 53 when he stepped down.
Mr Abe's short-lived administration was dogged by mistakes and scandals which many said were largely the result of his inexperience.
Mr Fukuda, in contrast, is seen by some as a safe pair of hands.
Yasuo Fukuda is old but not that experienced

Professor Koichi Nakano
Sophia University, Tokyo

He is a former oilman who himself admits he lacks charisma.
"He is often described as boring," says political analyst Tsuneo Watanabe, from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
"But the other way o