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Wednesday, 25th February 2009
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Aso's meeting with Obama receives mixed reviews

Japanese prime minister Taro Aso's visit to meet with US president Barack Obama has been met with mixed reponses in Japan.

Ichiro Ozawa, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, commented: "It is impossible for a leader who is losing public trust to promote effective diplomatic negotiations."

Meanwhile, Hiroyuki Hosoda, secretary general of the Mr Aso's Liberal Democratic Party described the meeting as one "of great significance".

Mr Aso was the first foreign leader to meet the 44th US president at the White House.

The pair agreed to tackle protectionist sentiment around the world and help to keep confidence in the US dollar as the world's main currency.

Mr Obama was presented with a pair of lacquered chopsticks made in the Japanese town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture.

The town became famous around the world as locals followed their namesake's historic campaign for the US presidency.

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