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Hatoyama gives Obama assurances on U.S. ties

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama tried to assure U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday that Japan's new government will make sure its bilateral alliance with Washington remains the linchpin (要、基軸) of its foreign policy, Japanese officials said.

The summit talks, held on the sidelines of key United Nations meetings in New York, were the first since Hatoyama, president of the Democratic Party of Japan, took office Sept. 16 after a historic Diet election that brought about a sweeping change in government power.

Although the specifics of the talks were not immediately available, Hatoyama and Obama are believed to have focused on building personal trust and reaffirming joint efforts in addressing global issues, rather than seeking quick solutions to sticky bilateral problems.

Those would include Hatoyama's plans to review the realignment (再配置) of U.S. forces in Japan, a process that was agreed upon in 2006 between Washington and the conservative government led by the Liberal Democratic Party.

The DPJ has said it wants to move the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station out of Okinawa Prefecture, although the U.S.-Japan realignment pact states that the facility is to be relocated within the prefecture.

However, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying Monday in talks with Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada that Washington sees the 2006 agreement as the basis for the realignment but is ready to continue negotiating on that matter.

Before meeting with Obama, Hatoyama said he would focus on building trust during his first diplomatic trip as prime minister, suggesting he would skip the realignment issue.

But the issue will likely land on the table (審議される) when Obama meets Hatoyama during his visit to Japan in November.

Hatoyama also was scheduled to hold separate talks Wednesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-24 13:26 | 英語関連