Challenges lay ahead for Japan's new prime minister (3)

14:17, June 05, 2010      

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While serving as finance chief in Hatoyama's cabinet, Kan tried to put the country's fiscal house back in order by urging the DPJ to revisit the public expenditure and seeking to raise the consumption tax.

However, those proposals are not hearing positive responses within the parliament or Kan's own party.

Moreover, a higher consumption tax may shrink the votes Democrats rely on in the coming Senate election.

For years, most of the politicians who have been elected prime minister have a family history in the country's political arena.

Unlike many of his predecessors, Kan was born in an ordinary family and began his political career as a civil activist in the 1970s.

As health minister in the 1990s, he disclosed a governmental cover-up of HIV-tainted blood products that caused thousands of patients to become infected with the virus that causes AIDS.


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