WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 16, 2012) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday congratulated Japan Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe in his landslide election victory to become the Japanese Prime Minister.
Abe was the youngest Prime Minister of Japan in 2006. He resigned that same year.
“I congratulate Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe on his party’s success in the elections in Japan,” Obama said. “The U.S-Japan Alliance serves as the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and I look forward to working closely with the next government and the people of Japan on a range of important bilateral, regional and global issues.
“I also extend my appreciation to Prime Minister Noda for his many contributions to U.S.-Japan relations,” Obama added.
Obama held a President’s call with President Shinzo Abe on Wedenesday evening, to congratulate him on the results of Tuesday’s Lower House elections in Japan. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance as the cornerstone of peace and security in the region.
The President and Mr. Abe discussed ongoing efforts to enhance bilateral security cooperation as well as deepening economic ties. They also agreed on the importance of close U.S.-Japan cooperation on pressing regional and global issues.
After law school and 11 years with Kobe Steel, LTD, Abe began his public service career when he was appointed an Executive Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 1993. He won his first of five terms to the House of Representatives in 1999, representing the Yamaguchi 4th District, and served in several cabinet posts until elected Secretary General of the LDP in 2004. He served as Acting Secretary General and Chief Cabinet Secretary for PM Junichiro Koizumi in 2005.