Abe arrives in Ottawa

OTTAWA —

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ottawa on Monday afternoon, the first visit to Canada by a Japanese prime minister in seven years. He will meet his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, government officials said.

During the meeting, the two leaders are expected to agree to cooperate in speeding up plans to export Canadian shale gas to resource-poor Japan, said Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Abe will then move to New York to speak at the U.N. General Assembly, where he will pledge $60 million in humanitarian assistance to help refugees in Syria and neighboring countries, NHK added.

Abe is separately to pledge $1 million to help victims of sexual violence, as anger continues in Asia over so-called wartime “comfort women,” news reports said.

In New York, he will also hold talks with United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon and French President Francois Hollande separately to discuss Syrian and other global issues, NHK added.

(C) 2013 AFP

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    Cricky

    Not selling Japan's N-Energy?, it's world leading.

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    CanuckNikkei

    He must have flown in under the radar. Nothing in the papers today, maybe tomorrow.

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    Chucky138

    If he did announce, he might get a cream pie in the face, for lying about Fukushima.

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    sf2k

    zero Canadian news is picking this up. We have no idea what point is

  • 0

    Get Real

    zero Canadian news is picking this up

    The Supreme Advisor needs no fanfare!

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    Michael Craig

    The Supreme Advisor needs no fanfare!

    He should called "The supreme Dictator"!

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    JeanValJean

    " …where he will pledge $60 million in humanitarian assistance to help…"

    none of which is his to offer in the first place. Perhaps the refugees in Tohoku would like to have a word with abe?

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    philly1

    He must have flown in under the radar. Nothing in the papers today, maybe tomorrow.

    Canada is under the radar.

    zero Canadian news is picking this up. We have no idea what point is

    Canada is too absorbed with the Kardashians to even know who Abe is.

    Cynical? Maybe just a little.

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    Equality

    Philly1 - Do you even know what you're talking about? As for the Kardashians, I know dozens of Canadians, and none of them could care less about the Kardashians.

    • Moderator

      Back on topic please.

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    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    Abe has his fair share of world travel, no wonder we need to raise the sales tax.

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    philly1

    Sheesh! That was a joke, folks. Glib, sarcastic and satirical. I hope somebody laughed. .

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