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Abe praises Trump's efforts in midterm elections over phone

US Vice President Pence to visit Japan next week

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday in telephone talks praised U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts in the midterm elections in which his Republican Party retained a majority in the Senate, the top government spokesman said.

Trump expressed appreciation for Abe's message and said he will continue to work together with the Japanese prime minister, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press conference.

Tuesday's elections delivered a divided Congress after the Democratic Party regained a majority in the House of Representatives.

"Frequent exchanges between the leaders, including this phone conversation, demonstrate the firm Japan-U.S. alliance," the spokesman said.

During the 10-minute talks, the two leaders did not take up other issues such as trade and North Korea, Suga said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan for talks with Abe next week ahead of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related meetings in Singapore and a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea which he will attend on behalf of Trump.

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