But don't get used to him. It's a high-turnover job.
Two Japanese leaders have now resigned after less than a year in office. What's going on?
A worrying string of random acts of violence by young, troubled men is shaking up the country.
PJM Tokyo: Is the new Prime Minister taking the country in bold and different directions than his scandal-ridden predecessor, or is it business as usual in Japan? PJM correspondent Garrett DeOrio fears the latter.
PJM Tokyo: Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has chosen Yasuo Fukuda as a successor to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. PJM correspondent Garrett DeOrio who has been covering the election, explains what this means for Japanese-US relations and Japan's participation in the war on terror.