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A month in office, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama appears to face difficulty in effecting his key slogan of reducing, if not eliminating, the government’s heavy reliance on the bureaucracy, due mainly to confusion as to who will take the lead andwith how much power.

In leading his Democratic Party of Japan to a big victory in the Aug. 30 general election, he pledged to create a “National Strategy Bureau” responsible for mapping out a vision for the nation’s future and for the budgetary outline.

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