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Japan PM Unveils New Cabinet
Source: newsonjapan.com
Source Date: Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: Japan
Created: Jun 21, 2010

Japan's new centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan unveiled his cabinet Tuesday and vowed to create a "vigorous country", restore its public finances and mend strained US relations. Kan, a one-time left-wing activist who takes over as Japan's fifth premier in four years, was later sworn in by Emperor Akihito in a palace ceremony along with his cabinet, which he dubbed his "people's militia". The new leader signalled he wants to rebuild ties with Washington damaged by a row over an American airbase that led to the tearful resignation of his predecessor Yukio Hatoyama last week after less than nine months in office.

The post-World War II Japan-US security alliance is "the cornerstone" of Tokyo's diplomacy, Kan, 63, said days after speaking with President Barack Obama. Hatoyama stepped down after reneging on an election pledge to move the unpopular Futenma airbase off Okinawa island, giving in to Washington's demands but enraging locals and splitting his ruling coalition.
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