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Wednesday, 5th March 2008
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US presidential nominee sends letter of thanks

The US presidential hopeful Barack Obama has sent a letter of thanks to a supportive city in Japan.

According to reports, Mr Obama has sent a letter to the city of Obama, located within the Wakasa district of Japan's Fukui Prefecture, on the island of Honshu.

The letter was sent to the city's mayor, Toshio Murakami, after the city wrote a note of support to the American on account of their shared name.

A report by the Japan Times highlights that the use of the name Obama by the city and the presidential candidate is a coincidence.

"We share more than a common name; we share a common planet and common responsibilities. I am touched by your friendly gesture and I wish you all the best," said the letter, dated February 21st.

Mr Obama has also received gifts from the city, including chopsticks coated with lacquer.

During the country's Edo period, the city was the capital of the Obama Clan.

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