Nov. 13 - US President Barack Obama says he was ''extremely impressed'' with Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's ''bold vision''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. President Barack Obama met with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Saturday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic summit in Hawaii. Obama said Japan remains a "cornerstone" for security in the Asia-Pacific region. "I had the opportunity to have my first extensive discussion with the prime minister recently and I have been extremely impressed already with the boldness of his vision and we confirm, once again, the importance for both of our countries, the alliance between the United States and Japan has been a cornerstone for our relationship but also for security in the Asia Pacific region for a very long time and I'm confident that working together we can continue to build on that relationship," Obama said. Noda, through a translator, said that he's "encouraged" by the U.S. renewed emphasis on the region. Obama is host to the APEC summit until Tuesday, when he will travel on to Australia and Indonesia. A trip aimed at underscoring renewed focus on Asia after a decade dominated by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and spurred by the rising commercial importance of the region.