Kan today won the election for the leader of the DPJ, which basically makes him PM.
The Original Post back in 2008:
Today was a public holiday in Japan, the birthday of the late Showa Emperor. All the loudspeaker-jockeys were out of course, the nationalists being the loudest - as usual. Their parade of speaker-laden vans woke me up at 7.30am this morning as they passed our flat. This chap I shot whilst walking around the Yurakcho and Ginza areas of Tokyo earlier this afternoon.
Naoto Kan (菅 直人 - born October 10, 1946) is a Japanese politician who was the former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the largest opposition party in the Diet. Kan was former Minister for Health and Welfare. He is now Acting president of the Party.
This shot was used on Japan Today, Japan's leading English language news service: