Incoming Japanese premier Kan presents new cabinet
Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan presented the members of his cabinet Tuesday before he formally takes office later in the day, DPA reported.
He came to power following the abrupt resignation of prime minister Yukio Hatoyama last week, one month before an upper house election expected to be held in July.
Kan retained most of the ministers who served in the previous cabinet, including Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa.
He named his former deputy Yoshihiko Noda finance minister amid growing pressure to revive the world's second largest economy.
Yoshito Sengoku, the former national strategy minister, became the chief cabinet secretary, who serves as government spokesman. Sengoku is a known critic of Ichiro Ozawa, the powerful but controversial former secretary general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
More media savvy than his predecessor, Kan appeared keen to show his team was less influenced by "shadow shogun" Ozawa, considered the party's most powerful figure.
Ozawa resigned last week as DPJ secretary-general, the same time as Hatoyama, after public support for the cabinet fell sharply.