Tokyo 22 March 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have lunch with former US President Barack Obama in Tokyo on Sunday.
Obama is due to arrive on Saturday for a 2-day visit to attend an international conference in Tokyo sponsored by a private organization. This will be his first visit to Japan since he left office in January of last year.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the luncheon meeting is an opportunity for the two to renew their friendship and won't be of a political nature.
Suga noted that Obama met Abe a number of times during his 8 years as the top US leader.
Obama last traveled to Japan in May 2016, when he became the first sitting US president to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima.
Abe last met Obama in December of that year, when they visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii together to pay tribute to those who died in the Japanese attack on Oahu Island in 1941.