Abe arrives in NY to meet Trump

Abe is likely to be the first foreign leader to have a face-to-face meeting with Trump following the election.

The meeting will start at 5PM at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Mike Pence, the vice-president-elect, will also be present.

It is very rare for a Japanese prime minister to meet a US president-elect before the person assumes the post.

During the campaign, Trump promised to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, of which Japan is also a member.

He also referred to reviewing the status quo of the US-Japan alliance, including requesting Japan to shoulder more of the cost of keeping US forces in the country.

Abe is expected to explain Japan’s diplomatic and security policy centered on the Japan-US alliance.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in New York on Thursday morning. He will meet US President-elect Donald Trump in the afternoon. (NHK)

Police in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, are investigating a drone crash at Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (NHK)

Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it will start offering in December a megaphone capable of automatically translating Japanese into English, Chinese and Korean in its latest bid to help companies cope with an increase in foreign visitors to Japan. (Japan Times)

Wine lovers in Japan toasted the release of this year’s vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday by swimming in a hot spring bath mixed with the renowned French tipple.
(Japan Today)

Crimson and orange-tinged maple leaves regale visitors at Nanzenji temple in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)

A branch of Naha District Court ordered the Japanese government on Thursday to pay some 2.4 billion yen in compensation to residents living near the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma air station in Okinawa Prefecture over noise pollution from the base. (Jiji)

Over 80 pct of Japanese people think that Emperor Akihito’s burden of official duties should be reduced, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed Thursday. (Jiji)

A Finance Ministry panel urged the government Thursday to make elderly people with higher incomes pay more for medical treatment as part of efforts to improve fiscal discipline amid Japan’s rapidly graying society. (Japan Times)

The Japanese government and ruling parties are looking at two options for revising the ongoing spousal tax break, the biggest focal point in Japan’s tax system reform for fiscal 2017, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)

Her grandfather may have just become America’s president-elect, but it looks like it’s Japan’s Piko Taro who’s in her thoughts. (rocketnews24.com)

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