Japan's Democrats, 2 allies agree on tripartite coalition

2009-09-09 18:02 BJT

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The Democratic Party of Japan and its two allies agreed to form a three-party coalition. The government is scheduled to be launched after DPJ leader Yukio Hatoyama's election to the premiership at a special Diet session on September 16.

The Democratic Party of Japan struck a pact with its two allies, the Social Democratic Party and the People's New Party. According to the deal, they will form a tripartite government after Yukio Hatoyama's election September 16th.

During their talk, the three sides concurred on the most disputed issue, concerning the U.S military presence in Japan. The three parties agreed to present the United States a review of planned realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, along with an amendment of the Japan-U.S Status of Forces Agreement.

Tuesday, the three parties held similar talks. But failed to bear any results, as participants were divided on the Okinawa issue. That refers to relocation of U.S military facilities in the southernmost Japanese prefecture.

The new cabinet has been received well by the Japanese public. Despite the DPJ's resounding victory in last month's lower house election, cooperation with its two allies is still needed to control the less powerful upper house to ensure smooth legislation.

Japanese Prime Minister-elect Yukio Hatoyama makes an opening speech at Asahi World Environment Forum 2009 in Tokyo September 7, 2009.REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Japanese Prime Minister-elect Yukio Hatoyama makes an opening speech at 
Asahi World Environment Forum 2009 in Tokyo September 7, 2009.
REUTERS/Toru Hanai