Yesterday, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrived in Washington, D.C. for the beginning of a State Visit with President Obama. Prime Minister Abe’s visit is a tribute to the partnership between the United States and Japan that for seven decades has made enduring contributions to global peace, security, and prosperity.
Watch the arrival ceremony here:
— President Obama on relations between the U.S. and Japan
As one of the first activities of the Prime Minister’s time in America, President Obama and Prime Minister Abe traveled to the Lincoln Memorial here in Washington, D.C. to spend time together in a place of historical significance to the United States. The President and Prime Minister toured the Memorial, standing between the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s second inaugural address, to chat and reflect.
This morning, the President and Prime Minister met to talk about trade: The United States and Japan are leading efforts to set the rules for trade and investment, both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world. This afternoon, the two heads of state held a joint presser in the Rose Garden, where they announced that their respective countries would continue to work together to set high standards for trade in the 21st century, and to coordinate closely on transitioning to low-carbon economies and fighting climate change. President Obama also congratulated the Prime Minister for Japan’s efforts to bring more women into the workforce, and to let all girls learn.
Watch their joint press conference here:
While the President and Prime Minister were meeting today, the First Lady spent time with the Prime Minister’s wife, First Lady Akie Abe, at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia. There, the two First Ladies spoke with a group of students who are learning Japanese and studying Japanese culture. Great Falls Elementary has a Japanese immersion program in which many students learn several of their subjects in Japanese. See remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe at Great Falls Elementary here.
— First Lady Michelle Obama at Great Falls Elementary School, on the Japan State Visit
Earlier today, while she was at the White House, First Lady Akie Abe even got to meet the First Dogs, Bo and Sunny, in a surprise visit!
The Prime Minister’s State Visit will culminate in an Official State Dinner held tonight in the White House East Room.
See the U.S. and Japan’s joint vision statement here.
For more information on the U.S. and Japan’s cooperation to work towards a more prosperous world, click here.