Japan congratulates Cameron as Britain's new PM

12th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Japan on Wednesday congratulated David Cameron on becoming Britain's new prime minister and said Tokyo wanted to study the progress of Britain's democratic system.

"I'd like to offer our heart-felt congratulations," said Japan's top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano.

The ruling centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which took power last year, ending a half century of virtual one-party rule by conservatives, has long looked to Britain's two-party system as a model for Japan.

With a two-party coalition now in power in Britain, Hirano said: "We must continue to carefully watch whether we are seeing a broad change of history or a temporary event, even though this is about a foreign country."

The DPJ formed a coalition government last year with two smaller parties, but disputes over key policies have led to frequent discord between the coalition partners ahead of upper house elections slated for July.

© 2010 AFP

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