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Japan's leader Shinzo Abe heads to New York to meet Donald Trump

Tokyo: Japan's leader is heading to New York to meet US President-elect Donald Trump, where he is likely seek reassurances that Trump remains committed to the US-Japan security alliance, a cornerstone of post-World War II stability in the Pacific.

A file photo of Shinzo Abe. AFP

A file photo of Shinzo Abe. AFP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet Trump on Thursday before heading to Peru for the annual summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Community. It will be Trump's first meeting with a world leader since his election last week.

Abe may also try to sway the incoming president on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trade agreement that Trump opposes.

Campaign statements by Trump have caused worry in many world capitals including Tokyo. Japanese officials are scrambling to figure out what his intentions are once he takes office in January.

Published Date: Nov 17, 2016 09:05 AM | Updated Date: Nov 17, 2016 09:05 AM

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