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Message from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi concerning the Outstanding Performances of Japanese Athletes at the Turin Paralympic Winter Games

Congratulations on your victory Ms. Kobayashi.

I am delighted that this is the first gold medal of the Turin Games for Japan.

I was moved seeing you give your all as you crossed the finished line.

Also, congratulations Ms. Ota on your bronze medal and Ms. Obinata on your silver medal.

I hope your outstanding performances will become a springboard for the success of Japanese athletes from here on.

March 13, 2006
Prime Minister of Japan
Junichiro Koizumi