• Kyodo News


The government is hoping to see a new democratic government in Egypt, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday, as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak faces growing pressure to end his 30-year rule.

“I strongly hope Egypt and its surrounding area will become stable in a peaceful democratic government supported widely by the people,” Kan told reporters in the evening.

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Japan urges all parties to refrain from violence and “strongly expects Egypt to achieve political stability and restore serenity in the people’s lives.”

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano separately said Tokyo hopes Egypt will undergo political and economic reforms.

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