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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda received a plaque Monday from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton commemorating the U.S. presentation to Japan this year of 3,000 dogwood trees “as an enduring symbol of friendship.”

“We hope that these dogwood trees in Japan will, like the cherry trees here, serve as a symbol of the strong relationship and friendship between our countries,” Clinton said during a dinner with Noda and others, which she hosted in Washington.

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