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Experts on Japanese-U.S. relations broadly see George W. Bush’s victory in the U.S. presidential election as a good sign for Tokyo, as the Republican Party places relatively strong importance on Japan in its Asia policy, and the new administration is expected to take a less-confrontational approach to trade relations.

But some experts also said Bush’s anticipated emphasis on the alliance with Japan will mean that Tokyo will be required to play a greater role in its ownsecurity.

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