Obama joins Hatoyama in call for change

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Posted: Nov 13, 2009 6:55 AM

President Barack Obama is joining the Japanese leader in saying the long-standing U.S.-Japanese relationship needs to adapt to the needs of the 21st century.

Both leaders voice a determination to maintain the close relationship binding the two countries, but said it was time to review and revise the nearly 50-year-old treaty that defines the relationship between the top two world economies.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was elected under a platform of change, much as was Obama, and the two leaders spent 90 minutes talking about a range of issues, including North Korean nuclear weapons, climate trade and economic relations.