Friday, July 31, 2009

DPJ Shows Pre-Election Ambiguity Towards the United States

On July 31, 2009, the Japanese media interviewed Yukio Hatoyama. During that interview, Hatoyama gave conflicting views on the importance of the relationship between Japan and America. On the one hand, he said things like…

“While we attach utmost importance to the Japan-U.S. alliance, it is necessary not to rely on the U.S. and develop a more independent foreign policy. A diplomatic posture of giving importance both to Asia and the U.S. is required. It is possible that we may seek an appropriate ‘distance’ in security.”

On the other hand, Hatoyama also said things like…

“The most important thing is how to build a relationship of trust with President Obama.”

Perhaps Hatoyama read what I had just recently posted on GlobalTalk 21. Perhaps this was his way of accepting my proposal.

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