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Two days ahead of the launch of his Cabinet, Yukio Hatoyama met with departing Prime Minister Taro Aso to seek his cooperation to ensure a smooth handover of power, while Aso offered encouragement to the prime minister in waiting.

Hatoyama and Aso met in the Diet, along with Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura and his successor, Hirofumi Hirano, ahead of Wednesday’s launch of the new administration.

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