He will succeed Morihiro Hosokawa, who resigned two weeks ago over a financial scandal. It had looked as if the coalition would collapse before a compromise was reached, though commentators predict disagreements may continue.
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TOKYO - Tsutomu Hata was formally chosen to be the next prime minister of Japan by the ruling seven- party coaliton yesterday, writes Terry McCarthy. Mr Hata, 58, who is currently Foreign Minister, is due to be voted into office by the Japanese Diet (parliament) on Monday.