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Sen. Inouye to meet with Japan Prime Minister, tour Sendai

JAPAN (HawaiiNewsNow) - Senator Daniel Inouye is traveling to Japan for the first time since the Mar. 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Inouye leaves for Japan on Saturday.

While he's there, the Senator is expected to tour the hard-hit area of Sendai to assess the relief efforts.

"Every political and government leader of the U.S. and Japan since the end of World War II and the occupation have looked upon the U.S.-Japan relationship as essential to maintaining peace and stability in the region," Inouye said. "Mike Mansfield, the legendary Majority Leader of the Senate and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan once said 'the U.S.-Japan relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. Bar none. Period.'"

During his weeklong trip, Inouye will also meet with Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other officials.

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