Japan's Prime Minister Pushes Trade Pact During U.S. Tour

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to the Bay Area this week after visiting the White House and pledging in a speech to Congress to "fortify the U.S.-Japan alliance." The Japanese leader is campaigning for a 12-nation trade agreement and faces pressure to publicly apologize for Japanese soldiers' forced prostitution of women, euphemistically referred to as "comfort women," during World War II. We take a closer look at the significance of Abe's trip and the current state of U.S.-Japan relations.


Tobias Harris, senior associate at Teneo Intelligence, a political risk services firm, and fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Takeo Hoshi, director of the Japan Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University