Japan's parliament has elected former Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as the country's new prime minister.
He will be the sixth prime minister in five years for Japan, the world's third-biggest economy.
Both houses of parliament backed him as prime minister after the ruling Democratic Party of Japan elected him as party leader.
Noda, seen as a fiscal conservative, will face a host of daunting problems, including the post-tsunami recovery, a nuclear crisis, a sluggish economy, and the yen's surge.
He succeeds Naoto Kan, who officially resigned earlier today with his cabinet after just 15 months in office.
compiled from agency reports