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Japan's Hatoyama: may form cabinet on Sept 16 or 17

Japan's main opposition Democratic Party leader Yukio Hatoyama speaks to journalists at his residence in Tokyo August 31, 2009. Hatoyama may form cabinet on Sept 16 or 17. REUTERS/Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s next leader, Yukio Hatoyama, said on Tuesday that he may form a new cabinet the day he is officially named prime minister or the day after, which could be on Sept. 16 or 17.

“I will make a decision after the new prime minister is named,” Hatoyama told reporters.

Asked whether that meant he could form a cabinet on Sept. 16, Hatoyama said: “That’s possible, but it may take another day.”

Senior lawmaker Tadamori Oshima said earlier on Tuesday that parliament would meet on Sept. 16 to vote Hatoyama in as prime minister.

Sunday’s historic election win by Hatoyama’s Democratic Party breaks a deadlock in parliament and will usher in a government that has promised to focus spending on consumers, cut wasteful budget outlays and reduce the power of bureaucrats.