Trump likely to visit Japan in November

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Japanese and U.S. governments are arranging the first visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Japan in early November, Japanese officials said.

Trump is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The visit itself would promote the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance to the world amid a deteriorating security environment in the Asia-Pacific region due to North Korean actions, among other issues.

Abe visited the United States in February and invited Trump to visit Japan by the end of this year. Officials have been working to arrange a meeting between Trump and the Emperor and Empress in addition to talks with Abe during his stay.

Trump is scheduled to attend summit meetings at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Nov. 10-11 in Vietnam and the East Asia Summit in the Philippines that follows. He is considering visits to Japan, China and South Korea prior to those meetings, and Japan will likely be the first destination on the schedule.

During Japan-U.S. talks, Abe and Trump would focus on measures to counter North Korea’s advances in nuclear and missile development, and exchange their views on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, including China’s maritime expansion.

Economic issues would also be one of the main topics discussed, in which Trump might demand a reduction of the U.S. trade deficit with Japan. The leaders are also expected to play golf.Speech

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