TOKYO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Japan's main opposition,
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday the party
will terminate the anti-terrorism refueling mission by the Maritime Self-Defense
Force in the Indian Ocean in January if it wins power in the Aug. 30 general
January is the time when the law for the mission is
set to expire. Japan has extended the mission for many times upon its
It is the first time the DPJ chief has officially
announced the plan to terminate the refueling mission.
Public opinion polls show that the DPJ will win a
historic victory over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the upcoming House
of Representatives election. The opposition and the ruling party have both
unveiled their manifesto for the election.