TOKYO (AFP) - Japans next prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, said Monday he is not anti-American and that his vision of a future Asian community is not intended to exclude the United States. Speaking a day after his partys landslide election victory, Hatoyama was asked about an article he wrote, and published in The New York Times last week, in which he launched a spirited critique of US-style capitalism. Hatoyama wrote that he believed that as a result of the failure of the Iraq war and the financial crisis, the era of US-led globalism is coming to an end and that we are moving toward an era of multi-polarity. In the article, a short version of an essay first published in Japans Voice magazine, Hatoyama also wrote that the East Asian region, which is showing increasing vitality, must be recognised as Japans basic sphere of being. But Hatoyama told a press conference Monday: The article is not intended to show anti-American thoughts. The leader of the centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has said his government would promote the long-term idea of an Asian community modelled on the European Union with a common currency. But he also insisted Monday: The idea of an East Asian community is not intended to exclude the United States. Against the backdrop of the Japan-US relationship, it is not a bad idea to dream about creating an economic and peacefully political community. Meanwhile, Japans Democratic Party Monday began talks on forming a new government, faced with the challenge of reviving the struggling economy and reshaping ties with key allies after its crushing election win. Yukio Hatoyamas centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is under heavy pressure to get to work quickly on addressing the huge hurdles facing this fast-greying country and pulling it out of its long economic malaise. His team huddled to select cabinet ministers and work on a smooth transition from the government of Prime Minister Taro Aso, who conceded defeat and said he would step down as president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The DPJ won 308 seats in the powerful 480-member lower house in the Sunday poll, against the LDPs 119, ending more than half a century of almost unbroken conservative rule, according to collated official results. Hatoyama, 62, who is expected to be confirmed by parliament as prime minister in about two weeks, is set to form a coalition with smaller partners such as the Social Democratic Party and the Peoples New Party. We will not just bulldoze our policies, he told public broadcaster NHK. We must exercise patience and seek peoples understanding because we have been given such latitude. We must start anew, a stern-faced Aso said Monday. To take back the government, I strongly feel that we must regenerate the party. In Washington, President Barack Obama called on Tokyo to maintain a strong alliance with Washington, while Asia-Pacific leaders sought closer ties out of the historic shift in power after Japans general election. North Korea, among the first to react to Hatoyamas win, offered no hint of reconciliation. The ruling communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun called on Japan to break with its crooked past and apologise for coercing Asian women to serve in its World War II brothels. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak congratulated Hatoyama, saying, I am confident Japan will not only continue to develop under your and the DPJs leadership, but will also greatly boost its contribution to the peace and joint development of the international community.. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who said he would discuss new areas of cooperation when he telephones Hatoyama on Monday, said: It is a most significant development in Japanese domestic politics. A Russian foreign ministry statement welcomed his election, saying Moscow was ready to strengthen cooperation with Tokyo on Asia-Pacific issues as well as the global agenda. But while Hatoyama also backs warmer ties with Moscow, Russian politicians and analysts held out little hope he could instigate a breakthrough in a bitter territorial dispute that still poisons relations. In Europe, French foreign ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier said: As one of Asias great democracies and the worlds second economy, Japan is an essential and trustworthy partner for France. Danish Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard meanwhile said the historic power shift in Japan could give a boost to climate talks ahead of a key global warming summit in Copenhagen in December.