TOKYO: Mr Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's incoming prime minister, believes his country should shift its foreign policy and look less to the United States and more towards
A centre-left leader who has promised to shake up domestic politics after more than half a century of conservative rule, Mr Hatoyama has also called for a 'more equal' partnership with Washington, Tokyo's traditional ally.
In an article published in the New York Times last week, Mr Hatoyama launched a spirited critique of US-style capitalism and 'market fundamentalism', which he called 'void of morals or moderation' and said harmed people's lives.
Not mincing his words, he predicted that 'as a result of the failure of the Iraq war and the financial crisis, the era of US-led globalism is coming to an end and that we are moving towards an era of multi-polarity'. Mr Hatoyama, head of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), stressed that 'the Japan-US security pact will continue to be the cornerstone of Japanese diplomatic policy', just as it has been since the end of World War II.
(extracted from 'Look more towards Asia, and less to US' - The Straits Times 31 Aug 2009)
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