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Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job

Vote by Democratic Party of Japan's lawmakers will decide country's sixth prime minister in five years

Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
(L-R) Former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, former land infrastructure and transport minister Sumio Mabuchi, economy minister Banri Kaieda, finance minister Yoshihiko Noda and agriculture minister Michihiko Kano, candidates for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan presidential election, attend a debate in Tokyo on August 28, 2011. Five lawmakers from Japan's ruling party wrapped up a short weekend of campaigning on August 28 ahead of a vote to choose the nation's sixth new premier in five years and replace prime minister Naoto Kan (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda makes a speech during a debate (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
Agriculture minister Michihiko Kano makes a speech during a debate (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
Former foreign minister Seiji Maehara makes a speech during a debate with four other candidates for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan presidential election in Tokyo on August 28, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
Economy minister Banri Kaieda makes a speech during a debate with four other candidates for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan presidential election in Tokyo on August 28, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
Japan's trade minister Banri Kaieda and finance minister Yoshihiko Noda will square off in a second-round ruling party leadership vote to pick a new prime minister on Monday after none of five candidates won a majority in an initial round (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
The vote by Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers will decide who will take over from outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan as the nation's sixth leader in five years (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
Whoever wins will have to cope with a resurgent yen that threatens exports, forge a new energy policy while ending the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, and find funds to rebuild from the devastating March 11 tsunami at a time when ballooning public debt has already triggered a credit downgrade (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
Financial markets, political commentators and the Japanese public are sceptical whether the new leader will have the vision, determination and time to tackle those challenges (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's trade, finance ministers in run-off for PM job
No Japanese prime minister has lasted much more than a year since 2006 and most market players polled by Reuters this month thought the next government head will be no exception (AFP/Getty Images)