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Vice President Pence to travel to Japan on April 18

Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that the White House announced on Thursday that Vice President Pence will travel to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25 on his first official trip to the Asia-Pacific region since becoming vice president. He will travel to Tokyo on April 18 to hold a meeting with Prime Minister Abe and attend the first round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue. The Vice President will also participate in a meeting of the U.S. and Japanese business community, and tour the USS Ronald Reagan and give remarks to U.S. military and SDF service members.

 

Mainichi speculated that in addition to strengthened economic cooperation between the U.S. and Japan, Washington and Tokyo will discuss issues related to trade, infrastructure development, and energy in the dialogue. The paper also conjectured that a framework for bilateral trade may be taken up for the dialogue because the Trump administration, which has expressed its intention to withdraw from the TPP, is interested in bilateral negotiations.

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