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Japan: SDP Decision to Quit Coalition 'Disappointing,' Says Hatoyama
Source: japantoday.com
Source Date: Monday, May 31, 2010
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Country: Japan
Created: May 31, 2010

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Monday described the decision by the Social Democratic Party a day earlier to quit his coalition government as ‘‘really disappointing.’‘

Hatoyama had expressed hope that the small party would remain in the tripartite coalition even after he dismissed SDP leader Mizuho Fukushima as consumer affairs minister on Friday for refusing to sign a Cabinet resolution on the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station within Okinawa Prefecture.

‘‘Unfortunately, we differ in basic views over national security. I have to overcome this situation with a belief (in my policies),’’ he said, implicitly rejecting calls for him to step down to take responsibility for the political confusion.
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