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PM Abe’s trip abroad to mark record high of 52

  • March 18, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced at a press conference held on March 19 that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit four countries including Germany, France, Italy, and Belgium from March 19. During the visit, Abe will meet with his counterparts including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni who will chair G-7 Summit slated for May. Abe will return to Japan in the evening of March 22.


“Through PM Abe’s visit this time, the administration hopes to ensure that Japan and Europe will cooperate with each other in contributing to peace and prosperity of the region and the world,” said Suga.


Abe’s visit to Europe marks his 52nd overseas trip in the four years and three months since he took power the second time in December 2012. The number exceeds the 51 times recorded by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi during his term of five years and five months. If Abe’s first term as prime minister that began in 2006 is included, this visit will be his 60th trip abroad.


Abe has visited a total of 66 countries, more than the 48 countries visited by Koizumi. Abe has visited the U.S. 11 times, more than any other country, followed by Russia, Germany, Indonesia, and the Philippines (5 times). Abe was also the first sitting prime minister to visit Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan – countries that border China – and Mozambique in Africa where natural gas development is anticipated. In this way, Abe has expanded diplomacy as the head of state.

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