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TOKYO, Sept. 1 Kyodo

---------- Wife of DPJ chief says 'alien' nickname shows he is politics outsider

TOKYO - Miyuki Hatoyama, who is set to become the next first lady of Japan within weeks, says her husband has been nicknamed ''alien'' because he is different from old-style politics, and that she feels she and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama share a kind of ''sensibility.''

In a recent interview, the wife of Democratic Party of Japan President Yukio Hatoyama predicted that Japan will change under a government led by her husband, saying, ''It's impossible (to change Japan) in a day or two, but I'm convinced that (the public) will acknowledge it if he keeps plodding along.''

---------- Consumer Affairs Agency launched amid uncertainty over government change

TOKYO - A government agency aimed at better protecting consumers was launched Tuesday amid uncertainty as the incoming government led by the Democratic Party of Japan may seek a change in the agency's chief.

The inaugural ceremony for the Consumer Affairs Agency, set up by the outgoing Liberal Democratic Party-led administration, was held with Consumer Affairs Minister Seiko Noda and agency chief Shunichi Uchida attending.

---------- Japan ministers won't join WTO talks this week in India

TOKYO - The Japanese trade and farm ministers said Tuesday they will cancel their trips to India for a meeting under the World Trade Organization later this week after Prime Minister Taro Aso's Liberal Democratic Party suffered a defeat in Sunday's general election.

The current Cabinet, comprised of LDP lawmakers, is expected to resign later this month when the Democratic Party of Japan will form a new government after it won the House of Representatives election by a landslide.
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