Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States between April 26 and May 3, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday.
Abe will travel to Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles. His meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to take place in Washington on April 28.
At the meeting, Abe will explain security bills being planned to drastically expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces operations abroad and discuss the envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership deal for regional free trade.
The two leaders will meet for the first time since November, when they held talks in Australia.
Abe’s visit to the United States “is highly meaningful, because it will show the world how strong the Japan-U.S. alliance is,” Suga told a news conference.
Abe is expected to address a joint session of Congress. In his speech, he is expected to review the course Japan has taken as a peaceful nation since the end of World War II in 1945 and announce his resolve for future-oriented diplomacy based on his goal of making Japan a “proactive” contributor to world peace.
During his U.S. stay, Abe will also visit Silicon Valley to view sophisticated technologies developed by local companies. He hopes to find inspirations for improving his “Abenomics” economic policy package.