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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
5th Annual Meeting January 7-10, 1997
Vancouver, Canada

Statement of Congratulations to the Hon. Yasuhiro Nakasone
his Fiftieth Year as a Parliamentarian

We would like to offer our heartfelt contratulations to you on this special ocasion of your 50 years as an illustrious member of the House of Representatives in the Japanese Diet.

Throughout your long and distinguished career, you have been a leader in the finest, most honorable sense of the word. Whether as bold young legislator, visionary prime minister, or internationally active elder statesman, you have given purpuse and determination to your fellow countrymen and received great respect from all of us who have had the privilege and honor of working with you.

The many programs and projects you have created and been involved in over the years are an exemplary legacy that future generations are sure to enjoy. Your ability to see what directions our society must take, and your courage in tackling tough but vital issues has been an inspiration for us all.

We look forward to the leadership you will continue to provide as the world heads towards the 21st century.

Unanimously endorsed on January 10, 1997, in Vancouver.