1. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama test driving Toyota''s single-seat electric car, i-Real
2. Cutaway of photographers
3. Various of Hatoyama test riding Sanyo''s bicycle which is equipped with electric power support
4. Wide of news conference
5. SOUNDBITE: (Japanese) Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese Prime Minister:
"With the understanding that the new government''s ability to take action is being tested at this time, we will do whatever it takes to achieve this."
6. Cutaway wide of news conference
7. SOUNDBITE: (Japanese) Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese Prime Minister:
"Until now our relationship with the US has been very strong. Naturally this will continue to be the case in maintaining security. But in terms of economic growth, it is necessary to look closely at Asia as a new frontier."
Japan''s Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, faced with fading support as the country struggles to maintain its fledgling economic recovery on Wednesday outlined a new set of measures to spur financial growth over the next decade.
The plan aims for the country''s economy to expand at an average of two percent over the next 10 years, with gross domestic production to grow to 650 (t) trillion yen (seven trillion US dollars) from the 473 (t) trillion yen projected for the current fiscal year.
Final details are to be set by June of next year, ahead of nationwide elections for the upper house of parliament.
That vote is seen as a major test for the new government, which swept to power this year by winning a majority in the powerful lower house, but has seen its popularity plunge by double digits in recent polls.
"With the understanding that the new government''s ability to take action is being tested at this time, we will do whatever it takes to achieve this," Hatoyama told a news conference.
Hatoyama also said Japan would look to become less reliant on the US economically and increase trade with its Asian neighbours, targeting a free trade zone in the region by 2020.
"Until now our connection with the US has been very strong. Naturally this will continue to be the case in maintaining security. But in terms of economic growth, it is necessary to look closely at Asia as a new frontier," he said.
Ahead of the news conference in Tokyo, Hatoyama test drove Toyota''s single-seat electric car and Sanyo''s electrically powered bicycle, with a group of photographers and various officials watching.
While the world''s second-largest economy has shown some signs of recovery recently, including growing exports from its factories, deflation remains a major concern, and domestic demand is in a prolonged slump.
The new plan includes creating a 540 (b) billion US dollars new market for environmentally friendly products and renewable energy that will create 1.4 (m) million jobs. It also seeks to create 2.8 (m) million jobs in the health and caregiving sectors, amid Japan''s aging population.
Last week, Japan unveiled a record one (t) trillion US dollars budget for the next fiscal year, reflecting the prime minister''s campaign pledge to boost spending for child support and cut wasteful outlays on public works.
The government forecast earlier this month that Japan''s economy would grow 1.4 percent next year, the first expansion in three years.