- Title: USA: Japan's Prime minister Shinzo Abe arrives in the United States
- Date: 21st February 2013
- Summary: JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 21, 2013) (REUTERS) PLANE TRANSPORTING JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE TAXIING JAPANESE AND UNITED STATES FLAGS ON PLANE PLANE ON TARMAC JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE DEPLANING AND GREETING OFFICIALS JAPANESE AND UNITED STATES FLAGS ON PLANE MOTORCADE LEAVING
- Embargoed: 8th March 2013 12:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: International Relations,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVABB7OQXFBQY7ZV0YHXSV8RAIQA
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- Story Text: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in the United States seeking to show off alliance between the two countries.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday (February 21) seeking to put a strong U.S.-Japan alliance on full display in the face of potential threats from a nuclear North Korea and an assertive China when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday (February 22).
Abe, who has kept his ratings high since taking office in December, also needs Obama's signoff on his economic revival recipe of big spending and hyper-easy monetary policy.
Expectations for "Abenomics" - especially drastic monetary easing - have sliced about 10 percent off the yen's value against the dollar since Abe took office, raising concern abroad that Japan is weakening its currency to export its way out of recession.
Abe also hopes to secure at least a wink and a nod from Obama that would allow him to argue that Japan can negotiate special treatment for politically sensitive sectors such as rice if it joins talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact.
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