Tokyo, 24th December -- Takeo Fukuda, newly elected as Prime Minister of Japan, this afternoon, immediately went into the formation of his new cabinet.
- HATOYAMA FOREIGN MINISTER PRESSER AFTER APPOINTMENT
- GV PRIME MINISTER OFFICE WHERE CABINET MEMBERS APPOINTMENT PROCESSING
- OUTSIDE WHERE MANY NEWSPAPERS/RADIO/TV COVERAGE V CENTER
- ENTERING PM OFFICE BY FUKUDA, BO AND HATOYAMA
- FIRST CABINET MEETING
- PHOTO SESSION (C. U. OF FUKUDA, FINANCE MINISTER BO AND FOREIGN MINISTER HATOYAMA
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Background: Tokyo, 24th December -- Takeo Fukuda, newly elected as Prime Minister of Japan, this afternoon, immediately went into the formation of his new cabinet. He appointed Mr. HIDEO BOH as Finance Minister and Mr. IICHIRO HATOYAMA as foreign minister.
But the government of Takeo Fukuda may prove to be unexpectedly short lived. In a little more than half a year, an election of Upper House will be held. It will be a must for Fukuda administration to prevent the balance between his Liberal Democratic party and the opposition camp in the House from being reversed. If the LDP was overpowered by the opposition in the election, Fukuda might be forced to choose between a coalition with opposition parties and retirement from power.