We hardly knew you: Why Japans PMs dont last long

After serving only 14 months as prime minister, Naoto Kan was replaced by his finance minister, Yoshihiko Noda, as the new leader of Japans ruling Democratic Party of Japan DPJ Monday. Noda is expected to officially be named Japan’s prime minister after a vote in parliament Tuesday, since the DPJ holds a majority in the Japanese parliament.

Noda faces a mountain of challenges: ongoing tsunami recovery, the nuclear crisis and a stagnant and struggling economy.

But Noda is not the first person to try to fix Japan: he is the sixth prime minister to try to lead Japan in five years.

Why the constant turnover?

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