Japan Chair Platform: Warming Up at Camp David
April 25, 2007
Japan’s Shinzo Abe makes his first visit to Washington as prime minister this week for a key meeting with President George W. Bush. They will dine at the White House on April 26 and move to Camp David the next day for an exchange on bilateral relations and other issues including the situation in Iraq, the six-party talks, and energy and climate. The venue evokes memories of Bush’s first encounter with Abe’s predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, back in June 2001, now famous for a game of catch that captured the bonhomie between the two leaders. Abe, a catcher in his youth, hopes to show that he, too, is in sync with Japan’s closest ally.