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Japan's Abe departs for US to hold 2-day summit with Trump

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday departed for the United States to hold a two-day summit with US President Donald Trump.

During Abe's sixth face-to-face meeting with Trump to be held at the American leader's Florida resort, Abe said he's hoping to reinforce the Japan-US alliance.

"We will affirm cooperation between Japan and the United States and demonstrate the strong bond of the Japan-US alliance through the summit," Abe was quoted as telling reporters prior to leaving for Haneda airport in Tokyo.

Abe will also be looking to discuss issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsular, according to government sources here and will likely lean on Trump regarding the importance of multilateral free trade deals as opposed to bilateral ones.

Japan is cagey about a bilateral deal with the US as it will likely involve heavy concessions being made on sensitive sectors here including autos and farming.

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