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European Commission


Brussels, 17 December 2012

Joint statement by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso on the recent parliamentary elections in Japan

On behalf of the European Union please accept our congratulations on your success on the occasion of the recent parliamentary elections.

We look forward to further strengthening relations between Japan and the European Union, in particular to the opening of negotiations on a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and Framework Agreement between the European Union and Japan, and to intensifying our cooperation on shared challenges, and returning the global economy to sustainable growth. Above all, we wish to affirm our continued friendship and solidarity with the people and government of Japan.

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