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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed the strong United States-Japan economic relationship in a visit to the U.S. Chamber.
“I wish to firmly build a relationship of trust at the leaders level with my visit to the U.S. and to show to our people and the world the unwavering alliance between Japan and the US,” Abe said at a roundtable discussion with U.S. business leaders.
Japan is one of the United States’ most-important trading partners. It’s the third-largest economy and the fourth-largest export market for U.S. goods. In addition, Japanese companies have invested more than $410 billion here in the U.S., supporting over 840,000 jobs.
In remarks at the event, U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue reiterated the importance of commercial ties and noted, “Our partnership goes beyond the goods and services we trade and the investments we make in one another’s economies,” adding:
Working together, we have promoted the values of democracy, economic freedom, and human rights, and have worked to shape commercial relationships so that they drive prosperity and growth. We have helped set the stage for greater openness, stronger cooperation, higher standards, and new opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific.
So the Chamber stands ready to work with the new U.S. administration, and with valued partners like Japan, to devise a strategy for solving common problems and achieving shared goals.
After his stop at the U.S. Chamber, Prime Minister Abe met with President Donald Trump for a two-day summit.