REFILE-NEWSMAKER-Noda seen safe choice to lead quake-hit Japan

Aug 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s next prime minister Yoshihiko Noda compares himself to an eel-like fish and admits his looks won’t get him anywhere in popularity contests, but many say his calm and expertise are exactly what the nation needs at a time of crisis.

Noda, until now finance minister in Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s cabinet, will take over as Japan’s sixth leader in five years as the nation grapples with the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and a meltdown at a nuclear power station.

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