Japan's ruling party on Sunday picked Yasuo Fukuda, an advocate of warmer ties with Tokyo's Asian neighbours, to succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister in an effort to revive party fortunes and end a political vacuum.
Fukuda, 71, seen as an
Yasuo Fukuda emerged as runaway leader to become Japan's next prime minister on Monday after a survey of ruling party lawmakers who must choose between the soft-spoken veteran and his hawkish rival Taro Aso next weekend.
Two opinion polls
Momentum grew in Japan's ruling party on Friday to back 71-year-old lawmaker Yasuo Fukuda, known for his pro-Asian diplomacy, as successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his shock resignation.
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