With Taro Aso, the Japanese prime minister, conceding defeat in parliamentary after exit polls suggested a landslide victory for Yukio Hatoyama and his Democratic Party in parliamentary elections, a dramatic transformation of Japanese politics has been achieved.
More than half a century of almost continuous rule by the Liberal Democratic Party has been brought to an end.
Hatoyama campaigned on promises of more people-centred politics, and has pledged to smash Japan's rigid pro-business bureaucracy.
Al Jazeera's Steven Chao reports from the capital, Tokyo.
Source: Al Jazeera