Will Hatoyama modify Japan’s role in Afghanistan?

Hatoyama has also said he will end a refueling mission in the Indian Ocean in support of U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan and wants to review the role of the 50,000 U.S. troops stationed across Japan under a post-World War II mutual security treaty.

Still, analysts said Hatoyama is unlikely to pursue radical changes in foreign policy.His publicly stated ideas are at least partially a result of the need for his party to clearly differentiate itself from the LDP in the eyes of voters, said Michael Auslin, director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.


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