US Vice President Biden meets Japan Prime Minister Abe, visits hawker centre
United States Vice President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Friday. They discussed a wide range of issues related to global and regional cooperation and the US-Japan alliance.
Mr Biden welcomed Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and stressed the importance of moving forward "expeditiously" to deepen trade and investment ties bilaterally as well as across the region.
The TPP is a trade pact being negotiated by 12 countries including Singapore. When finalised, it is set to encompass 40 percent of the global economy.
In brief opening remarks Mr Biden also congratulated Mr Abe on his party's win in the election for Japan parliament's upper house.