Embassy of Japan
November 6, 2008
Telephone Conversation between Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Senator Barack
November 7, 2008 (JST)
From 7 a.m. on Friday, November 7 (JST), Prime Minister Taro Aso held a brief
telephone conversation with U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
1. Prime Minister Aso congratulated Senator Obama on his victory in the U.S.
presidential election. Senator Obama expressed his gratitude for the Prime
2. Senator Obama stated that he would like to establish a personal relationship
of trust with Prime Minister Aso, and the Prime Minister responded that he feels
the same way.
Furthermore, Senator Obama mentioned that he feels a strong affinity towards
Japan and knows about Obama City in Japan.
3. Prime Minister Aso stated that strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance is the
principle component of Japan's foreign policy and added that the two countries
should work closely together on various challenges the international community
faces, such as the global financial and economic situation, climate change, as
well as issues concerning Aghanistan and North Korea. Senator Obama responded
that he would also like to work together with the Prime Minister on these issues
and further strengthen the alliance.
4. Both sides agreed to make arrangements to hold a meeting at the earliest