- Yasuo Fukuda, a seasoned moderate
- "I prefer Fukuda, who is cool-headed
- Fukuda doesn't seem bothered by criticism of his laid-back
- The typically bland
but sometimes testy
- Fukuda, a dour
presence who sports gray suits and listens to classical music,....
- Mr Fukuda, a soft-spoken
71-year-old who beat the more nationalist Taro Aso in Sunday’s contest,...
- Yasuo Fukuda, a quiet compromiser
who has promised to bring stability and moderation to Japan's tumultuous political scene,...
- Mr Fukuda, 71, a consensus-seeking moderate
- Yasuo Fukuda, a mild-mannered
political moderate known for his ability to build consensus behind the scenes
- Fukuda, the long-serving speaker of Junichiro Koizumi's colorful cabinet and a skilled consensus builder
- This past week, Mr Fukuda, often a master of the obfuscatory
- "This is a cabinet with its back to the wall
- Even Fukuda himself seemed to recognize that he was parachuting into a caretaker role
- Though known to have an occasionally vicious temper, Mr Fukuda’s manner for the most part is grey and conciliatory
- He's a bit bland and even self-deprecating
-- hardly what you'd expect of a leader in the modern media-driven age.
- But fans of 71-year-old Yasuo Fukuda say his air of normality
may be what the country needs...
- While Aso can work a crowd and is popular among some youth who share his love of "manga" comics, Fukuda -- who describes his personality as normal -- is less of a crowd pleaser
- ...he already has faced allegations that he is a throwback
to the closed-door dealings of the past.
- Fukuda's selection, with the backing of the party's factions, has raised fears of backpedaling on
efforts to rein in Japan's huge public debt as a struggling LDP,...
- Clever and even cutting in person, Fukuda was always happy to give candid assessments of his LDP rivals, albeit off the record. However, the Diet veteran has zero charisma on
the campaign trail.
- The 71-year-old, who studied backroom politics
at the knee of his prime minister father, cast himself as the steady hand
Japan needs after the scandal-scarred one-year term of his youthful predecessor Shinzo Abe, who abruptly resigned two weeks ago.
- Supporters say Fukuda combines political savvy and maturity
with careful attention to down-to-earth issues such as employment, pension reforms and a fairer distribution of income...
- Under the maverick Mr Koizumi the LDP’s once all-important factional lines began to break down, and Mr Fukuda’s carefully calibrated appointments
could reinforce the view that the party is headed back to its old ways.