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Vice President Pence to visit Japan on April 18

  • April 8, 2017
  • , Yomiuri
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Saturday morning’s Yomiuri reported on the White House announcement that Vice President Pence will visit South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15 to 25. The paper wrote that this will be the Vice President’s first visit to the region since the launch of the Trump administration. The paper said the Vice President will arrive in Tokyo on April 18 and attend the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue with Deputy Prime Minister Aso after meeting with Prime Minister Abe. Sankei carried a similar report, saying that Aso announced on Friday that Vice President Pence will visit Japan on April 18 and 19. While noting that the two governments agreed to discuss macroeconomic policies, bilateral cooperation on infrastructure and energy, and a bilateral trade framework at the upcoming economic dialogue, the paper quoted Aso as telling reporters on Friday: “We need to discuss not only trade and currency exchange, but a wide range of issues.” He also reportedly said: “I hope that U.S.-Japan relations will deepen further in the economic and security sectors.”

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