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Japan PM Shinzo Abe to Meet Trump for ‘Candid Exchange’ in February

This story originally appeared in Reuters.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Saturday to meet early next month for broad-ranging discussions, while confirming the importance of the bilateral alliance.

Trump’s administration has put the focus of the Abe visit, one of the first summits of the new presidency, on starting bilateral trade talks. Japan says it is preparing for all contingencies in dealing with Trump, who pulled America out of an Asia-Pacific trade deal Japan had championed and who has said Japan does not offer fair access to U.S. carmakers.

The two leader discussed the automotive industry in their telephone conversation, said senior government spokesman Koichi Hagiuda, without offering details.

“At the Feb. 10 meeting, I would like to have a candid exchange of views on the economy and security issues as a whole,” Abe told reporters after the two leaders spoke by phone.

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