Aquino gov't believes it can maintain good ties with Japan

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 17 — The Aquino government expressed strong belief it can maintain good relations with Japan after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda conceded defeat in parliamentary elections Sunday, signaling the return to power of the Liberal Democratic Party.

"As a strategic ally and partner, we can work with any government in Japan. And certainly we can work with the new leadership, the LDP leadership. We look forward to having a continued warm relation with Japan," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang Monday.

Noda pledged to step down as party president after exit polls showed the opposition LDP has won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections.

The move of Noda paves the way for the return to power of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the current leader of the conservative-leaning LDP.

Last year, President Aquino visited Japan in a bid to further strengthen and cement the special bonds of friendship cultivated by both countries over the last 55 years. (PNA)

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