Japanese PM believes coalition with SDP to be maintained

09:58, May 26, 2010      

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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday he believes the ruling tripartite coalition government will be maintained, despite Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Mizuho Fukushima, saying a departure from the Democratic Party of Japan-led (DPJ) bloc is possible over the government's plan to move a U.S. Marine base within Okinawa Prefecture.

"I will continue consultations," the prime minister told reporters, referring to a discord in the coalition over the SDP's leader's vocal opposition to the idea of moving the U.S. Marine Corps' Futemma Air Station within Okinawa.

"I think the coalition government will be maintained steadily," said Hatoyama whose tripartite government is also comprised of the People's New Party.

Some SDP members have endorsed the idea of leaving the DPJ if Hatoyama goes ahead with plans to relocate the Futemma base within Okinawa -- one such member is Kantoku Teruya, a native of Okinawa Prefecture.

However it was chief Mizuho Fukushima's visit to Japan's southernmost prefecture on Tuesday to hold talks with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima that is causing the premier a great deal of consternation and has also riled the opposition Liberal Democratic Party.

During talks with Nakaima, Fukushima pledged her support for pressing the administration not to relocate the base to the Henoko coast in Nago, Okinawa.


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