Thomas Foley, the new U.S. ambassador, started his second official day on the job Thursday with a morning visit to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and agreed to boost bilateral relations, officials said.

During their 30-minute meeting at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, Hashimoto said that he would like to cooperate with Foley not only to enhance bilateral relations between Japan and the U.S. but also to jointly play a part for the international community.

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