Bush Promises Good Relations with Japan

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Bush Promises Good Relations with Japan WASHINGTON - President Bush promised continued good U.S.-Japanese relations on Thursday, telling Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita any disputes between the nations are ``the differences of friends.''

Takeshita was equally upbeat. Standing alongside Bush in a colorful departure ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Takeshita said their session ``marked a new start for U.S.-Japan cooperation.''

Both leaders pledged closer economic and political cooperation - Bush vowing to work to drive down the U.S. budget deficit and Takeshita promising that Japan would accept more imports.

They also reaffirmed a plan to assist the Philippine government of Corazon Aquino and said they would continue to consult closely on policies toward the Soviet Union, the Middle East and Latin America.

``Continuity will. . .be the mark of relations between the United States and Japan. On occasion, we may have differences. But these are the differences of friends,'' Bush said. ``Simply put, we respect one another. We need one another.''

``We're glad you came our way, Sir,'' Bush said.

Takeshita, borrowing a phrase from Bush's Jan. 20 inaugural address, told his host: ``In your words, the new breeze is blowing, Mr. President.''

No policy initiatives had been expected at Thursday's ``working lunch'' at the White House - Bush's first meeting with a foreign leader since he took office - and apparently none materialized.

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