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Wednesday, 22nd October 2008
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Japan backs Obama in White House race

The historic race for the White House has had millions of people all over the world enthralled - and Japan is no exception.

A recent poll has shown that if the people of Japan had a vote in the impending election on November 4th, the result would be a landslide for the Democrat candidate Barack Obama.

Two-thirds (66 per cent) of those polled by Gallup said they would rather see Mr Obama succeed George W Bush as the next US president, while just 15 per cent backed his Republican rival John McCain.

One-fifth (18 per cent) of respondents did not give a preference for either candidate.

Among the reasons for the overwhelming support for Mr Obama among Japanese people is widespread disapproval of the current Republic administration, in addition to optimism inspired by the Democrat candidate's message of 'change'.

Support for Mr Obama is no doubt rock solid in the Japanese fishing town that bears his name.

Hundreds of people in the town of Obama celebrated his victory in the US primary race over party rival Hillary Clinton, reported Reuters.