August 11, 2011, Tokyo, Japan - Japans Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, one of the possible successors to lame duck Prime Minister Naoto Kan, attends an Upper House Budget Committee session at the Diet in Tokyo on Thursday, August 11, 2011. Now that opposition parties agreed to back legislation to finance this years budget, a condition set by Kan for resigning, Japans political paradigm has shifted to who would succeed Kan. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan is headed to hold a leadership vote by the end of August. Although he has not yet officially declared his candidacy, Noda is widely expected to face opponents in former Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi, former Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa and former Diet affairs chief Shinji Tarutoko, the latest name floated in the nations political center. (Photo by AFLO) [3609] -mis-

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August 11, 2011, Tokyo, Japan - Japans Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, one of the possible successors to lame duck Prime Minister Naoto Kan, attends an Upper House Budget Committee session at the Diet in Tokyo on Thursday, August 11, 2011. Now that opposition parties agreed to back legislation to finance this years budget, a condition set by Kan for resigning, Japans political paradigm has shifted to who would succeed Kan. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan is headed to hold a leadership vote by the end of August. Although he has not yet officially declared his candidacy, Noda is widely expected to face opponents in former Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi, former Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa and former Diet affairs chief Shinji Tarutoko, the latest name floated in the nations political center. (Photo by AFLO) [3609] -mis-

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