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January 21, 2005

Japan joins Bush's drive against tyranny in 2nd term

Topics: International News

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi again made clear Friday he is an adamant supporter of U.S. President George W Bush, who made a pitch to fight tyranny in his second four-year term.

"Since this is about the United States, I understand it," Koizumi said when asked his opinion about Bush's inaugural address Thursday, in which Bush set a goal of ending tyranny in the world.

Koizumi said that it should be an "ideal of the United States to spread freedom and democracy throughout the world" and that he believes the country basically wants to achieve this peacefully while not ruling out the use of force to "defend the country."

At a news conference earlier Friday, Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said Japan will continue to cooperate with the United States "in various scenes under the concept of the Japan-U.S alliance in the world context."

"We want to continue to place high hopes on the Bush administration's second term," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said separately.   Read more...

Posted by Hyscience at January 21, 2005 10:43 PM

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