Abe puts off trips to Washington, Davos
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to Washington for a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama, scheduled for late January, will most likely be put off until February or March, a government spokesman said Monday. Abe has also decided not attend the Jan 23-27 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Abe had hoped to visit Washington for his first official overseas trip since becoming prime minister last month shortly after Obama’s inauguration on Jan 21, but scheduling difficulties have made it unlikely, Sankei Shimbun reported Monday, quoting Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Suga also said that Abe wants to focus on domestic matters once the Diet session begins in the last week of January, chiefly formulating a supplementary budget to stimulate the economy.
However, Abe may fit in a quick trip to Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia next week, Jiji Press reported Tuesday.