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JAPANESE POLITICIAN URGES U.S., JAPAN TO PUSH NEW WORLD ORDER

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The man tapped to be Japan's next prime minister called on the United States and Japan Monday to lead the world in a promotion of peace and a new world order.

Kiichi Miyazawa was picked earlier this month by Liberal Democratic Party power brokers to be the LDP's next president - and automatically Japan's prime minister. In a policy speech before members of the party, he mentioned the upcoming 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and urged Washington and Tokyo to work together on international affairs."When President Bush visits Japan in November, Japan and the United States should decide, together, as two nations with the same values, what way they should serve the world," the 72-year-old veteran politician told LDP legislators and aides.

"I think it would have great meaning if this sort of agreement, call it the `Tokyo Declaration,' could be announced to the entire world," Miyazawa said to the applause of the packed house.

With the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election next Sunday, a weekend poll conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper found Miyazawa is likely to win 97 out of the 101 votes emerging from the 1.75 million members, giving him a landslide victory over his two opponents.

Miyazawa already has the support of the 105-member faction founded by former Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, his own 82-member group and the 31-member faction of outgoing Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu.

Only 249 votes are required to win. Including the results of the Yomiuri poll, Miyazawa has 315.