Japan's new conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads on Friday to the White House, where he hopes to show a firm, unified line to influence an assertive China and a defiant North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L), accompanied by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (R) leaves Tokyo International Airport to travel to the US, on February 21, 2013. Abe will have talks with US President Barack Obama for the first time since taking power.
Abe arrived in Washington on Thursday at a time of growing tensions between Japan and China, which is seen as challenging Tokyo's control over strategic islands, and days after a nuclear test by Pyongyang.
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