US, Japan relations unaffected by PM`s resignation: US

The White House said Japan was one of America`s "best friends" and the relationship would not be affected by the departure of PM Yukio Hatoyama.

Pittsburgh: The White House said Thursday
Japan was one of America`s "best friends" and the relationship
would not be affected by the departure of Prime Minister Yukio
Hatoyama.

Hatoyama stepped down after a brief tenure disrupted by a
political and diplomatic row over a US air base in Japan,
after taking office vowing to forge a more equal relationship
with Washington.

"Japan is one of our best friends in the world and that
alliance is not going to change as a result of any change in
leadership in that country," President Barack Obama`s deputy
spokesman Bill Burton said.

"We`ll watch the political process take its course and be
waiting like everybody else to see who the next prime minister
will be," Burton said on Air Force One as Obama flew to
Pittsburgh.

PTI

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