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Hiromu Nonaka, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, on Friday said his earlier comments that rejection of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori did not prove public trust in his administration were only meant to “encourage.”

“Although I made unsparing remarks, what I mean is (Mori) should not just be satisfied with the present situation,” Nonaka said during a television interview. “It was my pep talk, my words of encouragement.

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