WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Obama administration expects a "strong alliance" with a new Japanese government, said the White House on Sunday, following the center-left Democrat Party of Japan predicted a victory over the ruling Liberty Democratic Party in the election for lower house of parliament.
"We are confident that the strong U.S.-Japan Alliance and the close partnership between our two countries will continue to flourish under the leadership of the next government in Tokyo," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of U.S. security interests in Asia and is fundamental to regional stability and prosperity.
"President Obama looks forward to working closely with the new Japanese prime minister on a broad range of global, regional and bilateral issues," said Gibbs.
The Democratic Party of Japan is set to win Sunday's general election by landslide, sweeping the Liberal Democratic Party out of almost unbroken power since 1955 to usher in a new era of Japanese politics.
Exit polls conducted by the state broadcaster NHK Sunday showed that the Democratic Party of Japan, led by Yukio Hatoyama, garnered 298-329 of the 480 seats in the House of Representatives election, exceeding the 241-majority, while the ruling Liberal Democratic Party gained 81-131 seats.
The Liberty Democratic Party has dominated Japan's politics for more than half a century since its establishment, except for the nearly 11 months in 1993-1994 when it fell out of power. Analysts say that the election could usher in a two-party system following more than 50 years of virtually one-party rule.
The Democratic Party of Japan has signaled a solid but less subservient partnership with Japan's traditional ally the United States and a desire to boost its regional ties and promote a European Union-style Asian community and common currency. ¡¡