Photo: Japan’s ex-PMs lack enthusiasm for new guy

Judging by this photo, Japan’s former prime ministers don’t think much of their successor: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images Japan’s ex-prime ministers, Shinzo Abe (L) and Yasuo Fukuda (R), listen to the policy speech by new Prime Minister Taro Aso at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo on September 29, 2008. Aso promised tax cuts to ...

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Judging by this photo, Japan's former prime ministers don't think much of their successor:

TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

Japan's ex-prime ministers, Shinzo Abe (L) and Yasuo Fukuda (R), listen to the policy speech by new Prime Minister Taro Aso at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo on September 29, 2008. Aso promised tax cuts to revive Asia's largest economy and ripped into the opposition.

Judging by this photo, Japan’s former prime ministers don’t think much of their successor:

TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s ex-prime ministers, Shinzo Abe (L) and Yasuo Fukuda (R), listen to the policy speech by new Prime Minister Taro Aso at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo on September 29, 2008. Aso promised tax cuts to revive Asia’s largest economy and ripped into the opposition.

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