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PM says Japan will not turn inward after disaster
New prime minister says Japan will not 'turn inward' after its devastating March quake
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says Japan will step up its contributions to the international community rather than "turn inward" after the devastating quake and tsunami that struck in March.

Noda told a news conference Friday that Japan could take the lead in improving nuclear safety around the world by quickly and accurately sharing the results of power plant accident triggered by the disaster.

Noda also promised to provide humanitarian aid for South Sudan and the Horn of Africa and to support democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.

Noda took office three weeks ago, becoming Japan's sixth prime minister in five years. He faces formidable challenges: reversing a decade of economic malaise and a massive reconstruction bill.

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