On behalf of the Government of Japan, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on the inauguration of President Obama.
President Obama was elected with wide range of support from American people.
I believe President Obama will exercise outstanding leadership and achieve great success, leading his distinguished team on each field including foreign policy, national security, economy, environment/energy, in overcoming the serious economic situations and other difficult challenges.
Japan and the United States are allies sharing the universal values and the strategic interests.
I am confident that Japan and the United States, which are in the position of leading the world, can create a better future, by putting together our expertise, will, passion and strategy.
With this conviction, I intend to work hand in hand with President Obama, to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, and make efforts towards the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world.