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October 12, 2012, during Prime Minister Noda's remarks to the reception for the 2012 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

"Although Japan has changed largely, there are two things that are unchanged from half a century ago.

One is the 'indomitable spirit backed up with the bonds with people throughout the world.' In 1964, Japan, rising again from the devastation after the war, had hosted the Annual Meetings with a feeling of gratitude for the support from the international community. The 2012 Annual Meetings in Tokyo is being held at a time when Japan is still making utmost efforts in the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake. With a sense of gratitude for the support and encouragement we have received from the international community, we would like you to see 'Japan at present,' working toward the reconstruction. We decided to host the Annual Meetings in May last year.

The other point that has remained unchanged for half a century is the fact that 'Japan has a strong belief in the importance of international cooperation and free economic exchange.' It is because of the international cooperation and free economic exchange embodied by the IMF and the World Bank that Japan was able to achieve significant growth after World War II. I believe that the importance of such international cooperation and free economic exchange is increasing now, also in order for the world economy to overcome the difficulty it is facing."

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