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Friday, 7th November 2008
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Obama-Aso pledge to strengthen ties

In a phone call yesterday (October 6th) with Japan's prime minister Taro Aso, the US president-elect Barack Obama pledged to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Bloomberg reports that during the ten minute call, Mr Aso congratulated Mr Obama on his election victory and spoke of his desire to establish a good relationship with the new administration.

Mr Aso told reporters: "We've agreed to try to meet if there's a chance.

"It's not that we have to meet before he comes to office."

A statement from Japan's ministry of foreign affairs said strengthening Japan's alliance with the US was the country's top foreign policy priority.

North Korea and climate change are among the issues the countries will need to address.

During the phone call, Mr Obama acknowledged the support of the city in Fukui Prefecture which bears his name.

Mr Obama will be officially sworn in as the 44th US president on January 20th 2009.

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