The country’s Upper House election is set to take place this Sunday, yet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already set his travel schedule for the coming months. It may be because recent polls have been pointing to an expected win of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which is led by Abe. What’s unusual is that most of his itineraries are scheduled overseas.
Prime Minister Abe will be visiting Malaysia and the Philippines late this month to strengthen ASEAN ties. He will also visit other Asian nations in late August, when he will be in Kuwait and Qatar, both known for being Japan’s source of petroleum. Europe may also expect to see Shinzo Abe, though the premier will only be in St. Petersburg to attend the G-20 Summit. As if the Russian trip is not enough for September, Abe will also fly to Argentina afterwards.
The International Olympic Committee will hold its meeting in Buenos Aires before announcing its decision of which city will be granted the privilege to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Abe intends to lobby for Tokyo, one of the bidding cities besides Istanbul and Madrid. Though seemingly unusual for a head of a national government to make early bookings, long-term plans are already considered and prepared by the Foreign Ministry. One official also expects for “more stable government after the Upper House election.” Even Africa has been considered to be visited by the prime minister to strengthen the growing relationship between Japan and the continent.
[via Asahi Shimbun]
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