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Tuesday, 20th January 2009
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Obama book 'a bestseller' in Japan

On the day of his historic inauguration, yet more Barack Obama-related news emerges from Japan after new figures show a book of his speeches has become a bestseller in the country.

More than 400,000 of an English-language book entitled The Speeches of Barack Obama have been sold in Japanese book stores in the space of just two months.

Hit novels rarely sell over a million copies a year in Japan, reports Reuters.

It has emerged that the book is also becoming a popular education tool for those wanting to improve their English.

Yuzo Yamamoto of publishers Asahi Press commented: "Speeches by presidents and presidential candidates are excellent as listening tools to learn English, because their contents are good and their words are easy to catch."

Mr Yamamoto admitted that the speeches of George W Bush and Japanese politicians have not had the same appeal as those of Mr Obama.

Mr Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the US as 17:00 GMT.

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