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Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Japan for more productive conversations with a key ally

#VPinASIA Day Three: Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Japan for more productive conversations with a key American ally

After spending the last two days in Seoul reaffirming President Donald Trump’s and our nation’s commitment to South Korea, we began the morning meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, the final stop before leaving for Japan.

Vice President Mike Pence meets with the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea

The President asked me to attend as a sign of his commitment to the United States’ long-term alliance with South Korea, which is grounded in the shared values of freedom, free markets, and a strong economic partnership.

Next, we departed for Tokyo for more productive conversations with another key American ally, and on the way, saw an incredible view of Mount Fuji’s snowcapped peak.

Mount Fuji as seen from Air Force II

Our first stop in Tokyo was with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Prime Minister and I discussed the Administration’s steadfast commitment to the U.S.-Japan Alliance and underscored its role as the cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Vice President Mike Pence meets with the Prime Minister of Japan

We also talked about the importance of maintaining close coordination, including trilaterally with the Republic of Korea, regarding the growing North Korean threat.

Vice President Mike Pence and the Prime Minister of Japan

After my meeting with the Prime Minister, I met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Taro Aso, to launch the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue. In February, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to this Economic Dialogue when the two leaders met in Washington, D.C., as a way to deepen the strong economic ties between the United States and Japan.   

Vice President Mike Pence and the Deputy Prime Minister of Japan

You can get the latest updates from my visit to the Asia-Pacific region by following the hashtag #VPinASIA, @VPComDir, and @VPPressSec on social media. There is an album on my Facebook page with photos from the trip. Each morning, you can also read a recap of the previous day here on wh.gov.