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Yukio Hatoyama, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, has caused alarm in Washington after publishing an article blaming the US for the ills of capitalism, the global economy and "the destruction of human dignity".
He also intends to examine an agreement that permits US warships to dock at Japanese ports, in violation of the nation's non-nuclear principles. Mr Hatoyama says he will also look again at the $6 billion cost faced by Japan to transfer thousands of US troops from their base in Okinawa to the Pacific island of Guam amid a wide-ranging review of the American military presence on Japanese soil.
The Defence Department would not "prejudge" Japan's new political leadership, he added.
"We think that when the responsibility of governing comes about that people will appreciate, as we have every reason to believe they do, the importance of this alliance and the importance of working together on these [security] agreements," he said.
Mr Hatoyama will be sworn in on Wednesday after an historic victory that ended decades of near unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party. He will have his first meeting with Barack Obama, the US president, at the United Nations on Sep 22.
Originally posted by endisnighe
One question, do you think that the Japanese mentality about 9/11 has anything to do with Pearl Harbor and their knowledge whether or not we let that happen also?
Japanese Air Self-Defence Force personnel will leave their base in Kuwait where they have been flying troops and military material to Iraq since 2006.
The news comes two years after Japanese ground troops left the country.
Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s newly elected government must not impose “excessive and irrational” financial regulation that will “kill the market,” said Atsushi Saito, president of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The exchange, which oversees the world’s second-largest stock market, will maintain close contact with the government of incoming Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Saito told Bloomberg Television yesterday in Hong Kong.
“They have studied in depth already but the real business could be a bit different,” Saito said. “We hope the new government can be very flexible and very rational-minded.”
The Prime Minister must resign if the House of Representatives adopts a motion of no confidence or defeats a vote of confidence, unless the House of Representatives is dissolved within ten days.
WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will meet with new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN general assembly, the White House said Friday.
"On Wednesday the 23rd, the president will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama for the first time," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
Hatoyama was sworn in as prime minister Wednesday, two weeks after his center-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won the country's elections by a landslide.
The DPJ's victory ended more than half a century of almost unbroken rule by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and party leaders have already signaled they wants a "more equal" relationship with the United States.
The new coalition government sworn in Wednesday is seeking to strike a balance between the demands of some of its own left-leaning and pacifist members, and the desire to maintain the traditionally strong US alliance.
The DPJ, which in opposition criticized Japan supporting "American wars," has also said it would not renew a naval refueling mission that supports US-led operations in Afghanistan when it expires in January.
Yukio Hatoyama and the Democratic Party of Japan won a landslide election victory against the long-ruling Liberal Democrats by pledging to cut waste, reduce the influence of bureaucrats in making government policy and increasing consumer spending. As Hatoyama names his Cabinet and becomes prime minister, he must move quickly to implement those broad goals with specific actions, political observers in Japan said. "The DPJ has got to come up with an agreed list of priorities quickly, because its manifesto is just a laundry list," said Koichi Nakano, a professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. "... And it better not just be how they will govern differently, but actual policies." Reuters (15 Sep.) Asahi Shimbun (Japan) (16 Sep.)
Originally posted by antar
Well the 21st will soon be here any ideas as to what Obama will be discussing with the new PM of Japan?