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Japanese Prime Minister Visits the United States

Posted by alexfrancis on April 27, 2007

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Photo Caption (Left): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe smile with U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush before a social dinner in Washington D.C., April 26, 2007.

Photo Caption (Right): US first lady Laura Bush, left, talks to the media as Akie Abe, right, the wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on during a tour at George Washington’s estate in Mount Vernon, Va.,Thursday, April 26, 2007.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to visit President Bush in order to discuss a number of topics centered around the strength of U.S.-Japan relations.

One issue was Japan’s relationship with North Korea. Japan continues to demand that North Korea provide proof of what happened to the people that North Korea abducted in the 1970’s and 1980’s. If not, Japan will continue refusing to provide energy and economic aid to North Korea. Bush expressed his support for Japan on the issue.

Besides the abductions, Japan is also dissatisfied with North Korea’s nuclear program, noting that North Korea has yet to fulfill its prmose of shutting down its nuclear reactor on April 14. Bush agreed and said that the patience of the United States is not unlimited. Abe showed some concern that Bush unfroze $25 million in funds in a Macau bank to return to North Korea. However, Secretary of State Rice says this was a wise move not a soft one.

During this time Abe also made yet another apology for his comment concerning the circumstances surrounding Chinese and Southeast Asian comfort women during WWII.

From Bush’s end, he wanted to thank Japan for its support in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush and Abe also agreed to denounce Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Finally, Bush served Abe an American cheeseburger and said that Japan should import more American beef because Bush was convinced that the Japanese would be better off by doing so.


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