White House: Obama receives Abe, lauds Japan friendship

Barack Obama has welcomed Shinzo Abe to the White House for a rare official visit. The US president and Japanese prime minister were greeted with cheers by school children waving flags of their two countries.

Obama is hosting Abe during a visit to showcase deeper defense ties and advance a Pacific trade pact as the two allies seek to counter China’s growing power in Asia. On Tuesday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama received the Japanese prime minister and his wife, Akie Abe, in a formal ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, complete with a gun salute and review of troops.

“Today is also a chance for Americans, especially our young people, to say thank you for all the things we love from Japan: like karate and karaoke, manga and anime, and, of course, emojis,” Obama said to laughter from the crowd of schoolchildren.
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