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Japan's Children's Day


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 4, 2012

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On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Japan as you celebrate Children’s Day this May 5th.

Across Japan we have witnessed the strong bonds of family and friends that have been a guiding light through your recovery from last year’s unprecedented disaster. Americans have been inspired by the bravery and resilience of the Japanese people, and admire your commitment in creating a better future for your children. During this time of rebuilding and renewal, the United States stands with you.

On this important day dedicated to our children and their future, know that the United States is committed to the peace and security of both our nations. We are working to create a tomodachi generation of young people who will be our future leaders. Let us redouble our efforts to strengthening the ties that bind us as we work to build a peaceful and prosperous world for our children.



PRN: 2012/703

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