I congratulate Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe on his party's success in the elections in Japan today. The U.S-Japan Alliance serves as the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and I look forward to working closely with the next government and the people of Japan on a range of important bilateral, regional and global issues. I also extend my appreciation to Prime Minister Noda for his many contributions to U.S.-Japan relations.
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