Wednesday, 12th August 2009
In Events In Japan,
Japanese opposition leader 'wants to improve Chinese relations'
Japanese opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama has said that should he be elected in the upcoming vote, he will look to improve ties between Japan and China.
Hatoyama, who leads the Democratic Party of Japan, is widely tipped to win the next Japanese election and take the presidency from current leader Taro Aso.
Aso is the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, which has been the ruling party in Japan almost constantly since 1955.
When on the campaign trail recently, he noted that defeat should be accepted gracefully.
Speaking to journalists at a conference, Hatoyama said that under his rule, the "Japan-China relationship will move forward".
On top of this, he promised to continue to build connections with the US, with president Obama due to visit the country in November of this year.
"What is key is how we can build trust with President Obama. We must have dignity and say what we want to say to the United States," Hatoyama commented.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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