Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama submitted his resignation on 4 June 2010, after less than nine months on the job. He admitted not being in a position to honour the main pledge of his electoral campaign: to revise the status of U.S.-Japanese relations.
Mr Hatoyama succeeded in declassifying the secret treaties between Japan and the United States, signed by his predecessors, which provided for the storage of nuclear weapons in the archipelago in violation of the Japanese Constitution. However, he failed to relocate the Futenma Marine base at (Okinawa).
While officials of both countries were actively seeking a solution that would be acceptable to the Japanese population, the White House and State Department deliberately obstructed the reaching of an agreement.
Commander of the United States Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific, General Keith J. Stalder, ordered a propaganda campaign on the Web and Twitter to convince the Japanese public that the country could not cope with the North Korean threat of without the U.S. umbrella.
The destruction of the South Korean corvette Cheonan on 26 March 2010 as well as the report by the International Inquiry Commission dated 20 May 2010, were staged in order to revive the North Korean threat.
In sum, Mr. Hatoyama’s hopes to achieve national independence were dashed.