Japan's defeated Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on Tuesday picked as its new leader the industry minister during last year's Fukushima nuclear crisis, after suffering a landslide electoral defeat.
Former Japanese trade and industry minister Banri Kaieda (L) and outgoing prime minister Yoshihiko Noda raise fists at a meeting of parliament members from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), in Tokyo, on December 25, 2012, less than two weeks after the party's defeat in the country's general election. The DPJ elected Kaieda as its new leader.
Banri Kaieda, 63, who broke down in tears in parliament last year as he faced heavy criticism over his handling of the accident, notched up 90 of 144 votes from party members, beating Sumio Mabuchi, a 52-year-old former infrastructure and transport minister.
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