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Naoto Kan: From physics to politics

09-14-2010 18:51 BJT Special Report:DPJ Presidential Election |

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan was reelected Tuesday as the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and will stay in office, beating the party's kingpin Ichiro Ozawa.

A Physics graduate from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kan won his first seat in the lower house in 1980 for the now-defunct United Social Democratic Party, after losing three elections.

Kan gained national popularity In 1996, when he,then the health minister,exposed the ministry's responsibility for infecting thousands of hemophiliacs with HIV- infected blood.

Kan is no stranger to DPJ leadership. He co-founded the party with Yukio Hatoyama in 1996 and served as the party's co-president. He has led the party twice.Kan became deputy prime minister in September of 2009 in the Hatoyama administration and has been finance minister since January 2010.

He has advocated more fiscal austerity and tax rises to reduce Japan's ballooning public deficit.

Politically, Kan opposed Japan's sending of troops to Iraq but has also advocated a greater role for Japan's military, which is restricted by Japan's pacifist constitution.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source:

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