THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama of Japan announced today in Tokyo his resignation and that of his cabinet. A new government is expected to be formed shortly. President Clinton greatly appreciates Prime Minister Murayama's contributions and cooperation in developing ties between the U.S. and Japan, including in the area of security cooperation. Relations between our two countries remain strong and vital, and our partnership benefits not only our two nations but also contributes to peace and stability in a rapidly changing world. There are strong forces for continuity in our relationship, and we expect that as a successor to Prime Minister Murayama is chosen, the United States will continue to work closely with this valued and trusted ally. The President looks forward to meeting with the new Prime Minister when he visits Japan in April.
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