United States and Japan are currently in talks with each other, planning for U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to the Asian country next April. The trip is set for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Obama to uphold their current foreign relations in light of China and North Korea’s growing nuclear programs.
One agenda for the upcoming trip is the plan to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa, part of the U.S.’ strategic strengthening of their presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Also speculated is if Obama, who has openly called for a stop on nuclear weapons, will visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the said trip.
Top spokespersons for the two countries have confirmed that preparations for the trip are underway, but declined to give more information. This would be Obama’s second trip to Japan, the first one was in November of 2010 when he went to Yokohama to attend a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. The invitation for this second trip came when Abe asked Obama to visit his country in 2014 while in St. Petersburg in Russia last September. Obama’s trip is part of his administrations’s 2011 strategies which focuses on Asia in light of China’s growing presence in the said region.