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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement on the Japanese Prime Minister by NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer

We welcome the election of Mr. Kan as Japan’s next Prime Minister and the President looks forward to speaking with the new Prime Minister soon.  Japan is an important friend and ally.  Our partnership is crucial to peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.  The President is committed to maintaining excellent cooperation with the new Japanese government and will work closely together with Prime Minister Kan on bilateral, regional and global issues.