On September 4, 2009, Yorihisa Matsuno, a close confidante of Prime Minister Hatoyama, met with U.S. Ambassador John Roos. According to Matsuno, despite the recent New York Times op-ed written by Hatoyama in which he indicated that he wanted to move Japan closer to China and East Asia, in reality the Hatoyama administration wanted to establish closer ties with America. Furthermore, Matsuno said that the Hatoyama administration would probably not make a big deal out of the so-called “secret agreements.”
Of course, events would prove Matsuno wrong on all counts.