"Concluding relationships of trust with surrounding countries such as China, South Korea and Russia, with a comprehensive view, strengthens the foundations on which Japan and the whole region enjoy peace and prosperity," Noda said.

"It is one of the grave responsibilities a country has to fulfill."

Noda said he would promote free trade deals such as the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership and others including one involving Japan, China and South Korea, with the aim of realising Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, while protecting national interests.

He also reiterated the government's vague promise to try to ditch nuclear power in the 2030s while promoting green energy, following the radiation crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant triggered by last year's massive earthquake and tsunami.

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