• Kyodo News


After just three months in office, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has already come under fire for reneging on some of his campaign pledges, but one other promise he has yet to fulfill is to take the lead in opening up key press clubs to a broader section of the media.

Opening up the clubs was not a pledge Hatoyama’s Democratic Party of Japan made in its manifesto, but before its sweeping success in the August election Hatoyama had promised to open the clubs to reporters from magazines, Internet-based media and other outlets, who had not been allowed to attend news conferences at government offices.

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