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Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo
Hua Hin, Thailand, Oct. 24 Kyodo - Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Saturday told his Southeast Asian counterparts that regional mechanisms centring on ASEAN will play a leading role in bringing about his concept of an "East Asian community" but made clear that the Japan-US alliance remains the cornerstone of Tokyo's foreign policy, a Japanese official said.
Hatoyama's remarks, indicating that he will seek US involvement in his pet concept, came amid rising tensions between Tokyo and Washington, Japan's closest ally, over the planned realignment of US forces in Japan, which the new government led by Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan hopes to review.
"Such frameworks as ASEAN-plus-three, or the East Asia Summit, or ASEAN, which is seeing …