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Abe to Be First Japan Premier to Address Joint Congress Session

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress on an eight-day trip to the U.S. next month in which he will also visit Boston and the West Coast.

Abe, who will speak on April 29 at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, meets President Barack Obama the previous day. He told Japan’s parliament today that his message will be that the U.S.-Japan alliance “will lead the way to peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.”