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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and U.S. President Barack Obama are expected to issue a joint statement calling for deepening the Japan-U.S. alliance and a new order in the Asia-Pacific region after their summit in Washington from April 29 to May 2, Japanese officials said.

The joint statement is expected to say that the United States and Japan will deepen their alliance in a comprehensive range of fields, including security and the economy, taking into account the situation in North Korea and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific, the officials said Sunday.

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