Thursday, February 21, 2013

Japan's Abe seeks to show off alliance, get Obama to back Abenomics

(Reuters) - "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be seeking to put a strong U.S.-Japan alliance on full display in the face of potential threats from a nuclear North Korea and an assertive China when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday.

(...) "Abe, who leaves for Washington on Thursday, also hopes to secure at least a wink and a nod from Obama that would allow him to argue that Japan can negotiate special treatment for politically sensitive sectors such as rice if it joins talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact."

(...) "Abe is expected to come bearing one welcome gift - a promise that Japan will finally join an international treaty on settling cross-border child custody disputes, known as The Hague Convention. Japan has been the only member of the Group of Eight advanced nations not to join the pact, despite pressure from the United States and other countries." Read the article: Japan's Abe seeks to show off alliance, gets Obama nod on Abenomics - By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka, Feb 21, 2013 Reuters