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U.S. President George W. Bush is unlikely to change his policies toward Japan but he is expected to face stronger pressure from Congress to address issues that include trade, visits to Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese leaders and Japan’s wartime sex slaves.

With his Republican Party losing its grip on the House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years in Tuesday’s midterm elections, Bush will also probably face pressure from Democrats to do something about the ballooning trade deficit with China and to enter talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons.

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