Now comes the hard part. Handed a sweeping mandate for change, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) begins the formidable task of delivering on a laundry list of promises intended to lift the country after its worst recession since World War II.
Taro Aso, an outspoken politician and a former foreign minister, became Japan's new prime minister Wednesday after the powerful lower house of parliament overruled the upper house's choice for a leader.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has picked veteran lawmakers for key posts in a new cabinet line-up to be unveiled on Monday, media said, to try to revive faltering support after a massive election defeat.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, 51, is the front-runner to succeed Junichiro Koizumi as the next president of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, a post which will carry with it the prime ministership of Japan.
Japan's Foreign Minister on Tuesday described as "beyond comprehension" China's offer to hold summit talks if Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi halts visits to a controversial war shrine, a news report said.