Japan’s Abe Wants to Strengthen ‘Unshakable’ Ties With U.S.

Shinzo Abe.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wants to strengthen his nation’s unshakable ties with U.S. by working with President Donald Trump, according to a statement released on his office website Saturday.

Abe said that with the Asia-Pacific security becoming increasingly severe, the two nations’ alliance is becoming even more important. The region is a driver of global growth, he said.

The Japanese premier said he wants to meet with Trump as soon as possible. Abe is at the final stages of arranging a meeting with the new U.S. president as soon as the first half of February, public broadcaster NHK reported Saturday, without saying where it got the information.

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