as informed in Feb. 8 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to play a round of golf with U.S. President Donald Trump during his summit on Friday.
Criticism also came from Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, according to the report.
“We’re going to have a round of golf, which is a great thing,” Trump has said.
Trump has spoken positively about the upcoming golf summit.
You get to know somebody better on a golf course than you will over lunch.”
according to Tokyo and Washington already have a cabinet-level mechanism for security talks, the so-called “2-plus-2” meetings of defence and foreign ministers.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose new cabinet level U.S.-Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, a Japanese government official involved in planning the summit said.
“This is the most important theme of the U.S.-Japan leaders summit,” he said, adding it was also vital to have constructive discussions on how to create a “win-win” relationship by further strengthening U.S.-Japan economic ties.
The new cabinet level talks, the government official told Reuters, would be a way of buying time rather than opening FTA talks at an early stage.
The two nations are also preparing statements regarding economic cooperation and security to be issued after the summit meeting, the Nikkei said.
Japan’s Abe heads for Trump summit with jobs package
, TOKYO, Japan, Feb 9 – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Washington on Thursday with a massive investment package for Donald Trump, possibly designed to innoculate his country against presidential criticism.
“I want to talk to (Trump) substantially about how Japan can cooperate on infrastructure programmes the president is aiming for,” Abe said in parliament.
It remains unclear, though, how detailed a package Abe can offer given Trump himself has yet to make much headway on his own infrastructure and pro-growth plans.
“Trump is unpredictable and may make tough requests in exchange for favourable treatment, like in a business deal,” he said.
Abe, deeply aware of Japan’s dependence on the US for both national security and as a key trade partner, rushed to meet Trump in New York shortly after his November election.
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