Japan's Prime Minister to make historic address to Congress

Apr 29, 2015 7:52 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided U.S. lawmakers as he makes the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress today.

Abe will be promoting his staunch support of an even-tighter relationship between former wartime adversaries in both trade and defense as the allies contend with a rising China. He can expect a warm reception Wednesday morning.

The Japanese leader has faced opposition at home to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He lands amid a bruising battle in Washington over legislation that would give President Barack Obama the authority to negotiate a deal that is a cornerstone of his second-term agenda.

In a reversal of politics-as-usual, it's Obama's own Democratic base that opposes him and Republicans who support the deal.


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