The Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan has resigned en masse. Kan is leaving office after less than 15 months in power.
Kan expressed gratitude to his ministers in their last cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.
One day earlier, the governing Democratic Party voted in Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as its new president to succeed Kan.
On Tuesday afternoon, both the lower and upper chambers of the Diet will hold a vote, and Noda is due to be chosen the 95th prime minister of Japan.
Noda told reporters in the morning that he plans to outline the top Democratic Party lineup in the afternoon, including the key post of secretary general.
Until Noda launches his administration, Kan’s cabinet will continue serving as caretaker.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:34 +0900 (JST)