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Monday, 21st September 2009
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Japanese PM jets off to US

The newly-sworn in Japanese prime minister has left for the US, where he will meet with a number of world leaders to discuss issues surrounding climate change.

Yukio Hatoyama, who has officially been prime minister of Japan for five days, arrived in New York today (21st September) and will meet with Chinese president Hu Jintao.

Tomorrow, Hatoyama will visit the UN to take part in a climate change summit and promote Japanese schemes to cut greenhouse gases in a speech.

On Wednesday of this week, he will meet with US president Barack Obama.

It is widely noted that this meeting will be the biggest diplomatic test that has faced Hatoyama so far, as several issues between Japan and the US have arisen in recent weeks.

Hatoyama has previously announced plans to review the level of US military at Japanese bases and has also said that Japan will not be backing refuelling operations in the Indian Ocean in support of US troops in Afghanistan after January 2010.

Written by Mark Smith.

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