Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after signing a condolences book for the late Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, at the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo

Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after signing a condolences book for the late Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, at the Singapore Embassy in TokyoBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia, including his moves to loosen the constraints of Japan’s pacifist, postwar constitution on the military. In announcing the invitation to the Japanese leader, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner said Abe’s speech would be an opportunity for Americans to hear from a close ally about ways to expand cooperation on economic and security priorities. Trade is an important component of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic and security “pivot” to Asia.

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