Yukio Hatoyama comes from four generations of politicians from the ruling LDP, which his DPJ party just ousted from power.
Japan’s Aug. 30 elections confront Prime Minister Taro Aso’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party with the worst crisis in its history.
Amid recession woes, some politicians see an opening in a system long tipped toward political families.
After Fukuda, Japan is looking for a leader who can fix a flagging economy and political stagnation.
Yasuo Fukuda's term was beset with political gridlock and economic problems.