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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the revised Japanese-U.S. security treaty, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Tuesday praised the pact for maintaining Asia-Pacific peace and stressed that U.S. forces here have been and will continue to be a deterrent amid uncertain times.

The past 50 years have witnessed significant changes, but the world continues to face danger, Hatoyama said, citing the rise of terrorism after the 9/11 attacks and Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile threats.

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