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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

President Obama spoke by phone on August 25 with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  The President commended the Prime Minister for his August 14 expression of deep remorse for the suffering caused by Japan during the World War II era, and encouraged him to continue his efforts to promote reconciliation.  President Obama and Prime Minister Abe reaffirmed their commitment to work together to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as soon as possible, and to continue their cooperation in combating the impact of climate change.  The President also reassured the Prime Minister that our intelligence collection is focused on national security interests and is as narrowly tailored as possible.