Merkel to visit Japan

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Japan early next month to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Friday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Merkel will arrive for a two-day visit on February fourth. She will hold talks and have dinner with Abe.

Suga said he hopes the meeting will signal that the two countries are committed to maintaining the international order and ensuring global prosperity.

He also said he expects cooperation and goodwill between the countries to deepen.

The visit will be Merkel’s fifth to Japan since she took office in 2005.

The leaders are expected to discuss free trade and other global issues ahead of the G20 summit scheduled to be held in Osaka in June.nhk

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