The United States and Japan hope to see "great opportunities for airlines on both sides of the Pacific" after signing an open skies agreement. "I am optimistic that we will see an increase in the numbers of passengers traveling between our countries," said U.S. Ambassador John Roos after a signing ceremony in Tokyo. About 10 million travelers flew between the U.S. and Japan in the year ended March 2009, and Japanese officials hope to boost those numbers by de-limiting flights and allowing greater cooperation between airlines.

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