Prime minister Noda is the typical Japanese "oyaji"- he goes to a cheap 1000-yen barber, loves drinking and smoking, and jokes a lot.
He seems to be good at making speeches, so that might be why some people think that he IS the solution to all the problems we face in Japan.
But still, my family's "household reputation" of Noda isn't so good. In fact, my dad starts getting cranky every time theres a topic about him on the TV. I guess missing the first few minutes of the seven o'clock news is the best thing to do.
I also wonder if he will give JAXA, Japans space agency, more budget.
He does seem to be a "good guy" at least, but that wont automatically make him a good polititian nor a countrys leader. I think we will have to look carefully at his leadership skills for the next few months. Maybe he will exceed expectations.
But then again, he might not.