Abe leaves for summit with Trump
NHK -- Feb 10
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left for his first summit talks with US President Donald Trump, scheduled for Friday in Washington.

He spoke to reporters before departing from Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Thursday evening.

Abe said he hoped the summit will send a clear message that the Japan-US alliance will become stronger and more resilient than ever.

Abe also said Japan and the US have always enjoyed win-win economic relations and that they will continue to develop that way, based on rules that are free and fair.

Japanese officials say Abe is hoping to build personal trust between himself and the new US leader.

Abe is hoping to use the summit to reaffirm the importance of the Japan-US alliance. He plans to convey Japan's resolve to keep working with the US for peace and stability of the Asian Pacific region and the world.

Trump has pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, and has indicated that he will seek a bilateral trade deal with Japan instead.

News source: NHK
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