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TOKYO, Sept 1 Japan's parliament will meet on
Sept. 16 to vote in Democratic Party leader Yukio Hatoyama as
prime minister, senior lawmaker Tadamori Oshima said on Tuesday.
Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won a sweeping
victory in a lower house election on Sunday, ousting the
conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for only the second
time in more than 50 years and breaking a deadlock in parliament,
where the Democrats and small allies control the upper house.
The Democrats have pledged to put more money in the hands of
consumers to boost growth, cut wasteful spending and prise
control of policy from bureaucrats, often blamed for Japan's
failure to cope with deep problems such as its ageing population.
The wealthy grandson of a former prime minister, Hatoyama,
62, has advocated revising Japan's pacifist constitution to
acknowledge the nation's right to defend itself and said Tokyo's
foreign policy was too subservient to Washington. [ID:nT339714]
He has also raised eyebrows with a recent essay railing
against the "unrestrained market fundamentalism" of U.S.-led
globalisation, but has sought to play down those comments since
the election win, saying he was not anti-American.
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota, Editing by Dean Yates)