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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has a piece of advice for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama: It is a leader’s job to stay strong in the face of criticism.

“It is natural that leaders get criticized,” Muneo Suzuki, a Lower House member who attended their meeting Monday at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, quoted Gorbachev as telling Hatoyama. “It is your job to withstand (criticism.)”

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