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Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama’s article on the “Banner of Fraternity” — particularly the part that deals with globalization, Americanism and Japan’s relations with her Asian neighbors — has drawn many comments both in Japan and the United States.

Most of them expressed concern about the ambiguity of his tilt toward a “more independent stance” and his emphasis on “closer relations with Asian countries.” Some appear to be annoyed with his criticism of the excess of market principles and globalization.

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