Japanese party leaves coalition over Okinawa base decision

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 30, 2010 17:50

 
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TOKYO — A small party decided to leave Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's ruling coalition over his broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base off Okinawa island, as he faced calls Sunday to resign and dim prospects in upcoming elections.

The departure of the Social Democratic Party from the three-party coalition is unlikely to bring down the government led by Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan. But his poor handling could significantly hurt the Democrats' performance in upper house elections expected in mid July.

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