Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Japan Prime Minister Sets Out Policy Agenda
Japan's new prime minister has called for dialogue with the opposition to resolve a row over a controversial naval deployment. In his first speech to parliament, Yasuo Fukuda said extending the mission, which supports US led troops in Afghanistan, remained an urgent task. The 71 year old also pledged to build closer ties with Asian neighbors and restore public trust in government. He became prime minister after Shinzo Abe stepped down last month.