Japan ticks off ex-PM Hatoyama over Iran visit

During his Iran visit, Yukio Hatoyama met President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and apparently criticised the IAEA.

Hatoyama speaks against nuke arms on Iran trip

"No country should possess weapons of mass destruction,
especially nuclear weapons," Hatoyama said.

Iran vows to stand by its nuclear rights

Iran told visiting former Japanese premier Yukio Hatoyama that it hopes upcoming talks with world powers will lead "towards trust building”.

Japan`s new PM takes power

Former Finance Minister Naoto Kan became Japan`s new leader Friday.

Japan’s PM vows to fight on despite pressure to quit

Reports claim that Hatoyama is facing calls from within his party to quit.

Japan PM determined to stay despite shaky ruling coalition

Japanese Prime Minister is determined to win support for his policies.

Support for Japanese PM falls to 17 percent: Polls

Public support for Hatoyama fell after he decided to keep US base on Okinawa.

Japan PM sacks coalition partner over US base row

Japan`s PM Yukio Hatoyama has fired left-leaning coalition partner for opposing a US base deal.

Obama calls Hatoyama

US President Barack Obama
called Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama and the two discussed the ongoing tensions in the Korean peninsula, Iran`s
nuclear programme and bilateral ties.

Hatoyama to revisit Okinawa around May 23

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is
planning to revisit Okinawa, possibly on May 23 over the
relocation of a US Marine base in the prefecture, sources

Japan abandons US base move plan

Japan`s premier has abandoned a plan to move an US airbase entirely off Okinawa Ils.

Japan PM apologises over Minamata mercury poisoning

Japan`s Prime Minister Yukio
Hatoyama offered an apology to victims of mercury
poisoning more than 50 years after the country`s worst
industrial pollution disaster hit the fishing town of

Hatoyama to visit Okinawa over US base issue: Hirano

Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama will visit Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday to hold talks with Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima over the issue on where to relocate a US Marine base, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said today.

Japan panel won’t charge PM in scandal: Report

A Japanese judicial panel ruled on Monday that prosecutors` decision not to charge Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama over suspected falsification of his political funding records was "appropriate", TV broadcasters said.

Japan bomb squad tests suspicious package sent to PM

A Japanese police bomb squad on Friday was investigating a mail package containing wires and batteries sent to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama`s office, but found no explosives, media reports said.

Japan PM says end-May remains deadline on US base feud

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said on Wednesday he would stick to an end of May deadline to resolve a row over a US airbase ahead of an election, and vowed to stake his job on achieving his policies.

Japanese islanders rally `against US base plan`

Thousands of people rallied on a remote Japanese island on Sunday, protesting against a possible government move to relocate a major US air base there.

`Unsettled` US base issue may cost Japan’s PM job

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will have to step down if he fails to settle a US military base-related issue by the end of May as he pledged.

Japan PM asks Cabinet to plan for East Asian forum by May end

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Friday instructed his Cabinet to work out by the end of May specific plans for his idea of forming an East Asian community for broad regional cooperation, a top government spokesman said.

Japan PM in a bind as upper house election looms

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, his party flagging in polls ahead of a mid-year election, promised on Monday to find a way to regain public backing but said he was not considering a cabinet reshuffle now.