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Telephone Conference Between Prime Minister Kan and US President Obama

March 17, 2011

[Provisional Translation]

On Thursday, March 17, for 30 minutes from 10:22 a.m., Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan held a telephone conference with the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. The outline of their discussion is as follows.

1. President Obama expressed his profound sympathy and his deep confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Kan. He conveyed the message that the United States was prepared to extend a full range of aid, including not just the immediate measures already underway, such as relief activities by US Armed Forces stationed in Japan and rescue team operations, but the dispatch of more nuclear power specialists and participation in medium- to long-range reconstruction efforts.

2. In response, Prime Minister Kan expressed his gratitude for American support. He also explained that Japan was mobilizing all organizations, including the police and Self-Defense Forces, to respond to the nuclear power station accidents. In addition, Prime Minister Kan responded that Japan intended to confer closely with the United States regarding the aid offered by the American side, and that nuclear power experts dispatched by the United States and Japanese specialists would continue to collaborate closely.

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