September 2, 2009 / 3:59 PM / 10 years ago

Japan's Hatoyama tells Obama US-Japan ties key

TOKYO, Sept 3, (Reuters) - Japan’s next leader, Yukio Hatoyama, told U.S. President Barack Obama in a telephone call that close relations with the United States would remain a fundamental part of Japanese policy.

“I told him that we think the U.S.-Japan alliance is the foundation (of Japanese diplomacy) and that I would like to build U.S.-Japan relations with eyes on the future,” Hatoyama told reporters after speaking with Obama by telephone early on Thursday.

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