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Japanese prime minister: Trump a ‘strong leader’
Japanese Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Shinzo Abe, attends a press conference in July 11. (Koji Sasahara/AP)

Japan’s prime minister gave his warm congratulations to Donald Trump for winning the U.S. presidency, calling the billionaire and reality T.V. star “a very successful businessman with extraordinary talents.”

“Not only you made a great contribution to the growth of the U.S. economy, but now as a strong leader, you have demonstrated your determination to lead the United States,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement.

Echoing other Asian leaders, Abe said he is looking forward to working with Trump to strengthen Japan’s relations with the U.S., and to “address the various challenges the world confronts.”

“The stability of the Asia-Pacific region, which is a driving force of the global economy, brings peace and prosperity to the United States,” Abe said. “Japan and the United States are unwavering allies tied firmly with the bond of universal values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights, and the rule of law.”

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