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Japan's Abe hails Thatcher as strong and devoted leader

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Japan's conservative leader, who recently quoted Margaret Thatcher on the Falklands as he spoke of Tokyo's acrimonious islands dispute with China, Monday paid tribute to the former British prime minister. 

Former British prime pinister Margaret Thatcher holds her book "The Downing Street Years" during a visit to a bookstore in Tokyo on November 26, 1993. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who recently quoted Margaret Thatcher on the Falklands as he spoke of Tokyo's acrimonious islands dispute with China, Monday paid tribute to the former British prime minister.

Thatcher, who died following a stroke aged 87, was a great leader who demonstrated force of will and a respectable politician who devoted herself to her state and her people, Abe said in a statement, according to Japan's Jiji Press agency.

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