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Japan: Triumphant Hatoyama pledges consensus-building

Last Updated: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 12:39

Tokyo: Yukio Hatoyama, who led his
Opposition party to a landslide win in Japan`s weekend
elections on Monday promised to build consensus and avoid
"arrogance" in pursuing his party`s political programme.

Media projections show that Hatoyama`s centre-left
Democratic Party of Japan won 308 seats in the powerful
480-member Lower House of Parliament in the yesterday`s poll,
ending more than 50 years of almost unbroken conservative

"It is an incredible number," Hatoyama told a live
televised interview with public broadcaster NHK.

"We will not just bulldoze our policies.

"We must exercise patience and seek people`s
understanding because we are given such latitude," said
Hatoyama, who is expected to replace Prime Minister Taro Aso
by mid-September.

"We must shed ourselves of arrogance that might come
from such a number," said the 62-year-old US-trained
engineering scholar.

Hatoyama is set to lead Japan as the world`s number
two economy emerges from its worst recession in recent

Hatoyama campaigned on a promise of change and
people-centred politics against the business-friendly Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP), headed by Aso.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 12:39

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