Japan's PM sets date to hand over power

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Japan's PM sets date to hand over power

Tokyo - The Japanese Prime Minister, Tomiichi Murayama, will quit in April and hand over to the Trade Minister, Ryutaro Hashimoto, to improve the election prospects of Japan's ruling coalition, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest circulation newspaper, reported. But Kyodo News Service quoted Mr Murayama, 71, head of the minority Socialist party, as denying that there was an agreement. AP

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