Cooperation between Japan and the United States is becoming increasingly important in tackling a variety of global issues under the bilateral Common Agenda, leaders of the two countries said March 12.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said in a keynote speech at the Common Agenda Open Forum that his Carter Center, a nongovernmental organization, has helped improve health care in the Third World. Carter added that he believes the Common Agenda can alleviate suffering and will help bring political stability around the world.

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