Hatoyama has promised to halt a Japanese naval mission supporting the US-led war in Afghanistan, review basing agreements for 47,000 US troops stationed in Japan, and explore the possibility of a new Asian trading block that would exclude the US.But Obama knows he's too cool to worry about those kids:
Robert Bianchi, a visiting professor at Qatar University's international affairs programme, said that the "tenor" of US-Japan relations had already been changing.Meanwhile, remember -- China is not a threat!
"Japan is being a bit more demanding with the United States and more accommodating with China. That is perfectly logical, I think they are bending with the wind and the US understands that and is not getting in the way," he told Al Jazeera.
Calling for greater U.S. engagement in Asia, Obama said Americans should not fear a robust China, but he cautioned that all nations must respect human rights, including religious freedoms.
"We welcome China's efforts to play a greater role on the world stage, a role in which their growing economy is joined by growing responsibility," Obama said.