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In each case, the lawyer from Texas and former business partner of President Bush promotes an American message of democracy and freedom. His latest New Year’s message recounts the importance Mr. Bush places in the U.S.-Japan relationship.

“I remember that, shortly before our departure from the United States, President Bush emphasized to me how much our relationship with Japan meant to him, the American people and to the peace of the world,” said Mr. Schieffer, who left Washington with his wife, Suzanne, in April 2005.

“In fulfilling my duties representing the U.S. in this beautiful and prosperous country, I have often thought about how our countries have stood together as two great democracies, embracing common universal values that can and do make a difference in the lives of individuals and in the world as a whole.”

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