Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe, set to become Japan’s next prime minister, stated recently that strengthening the alliance with the U.S. is a common goal he shares with U.S. President Barack Obama. The two leaders discussed on how this alliance will contribute to peace and stability in Asia.
On Tuesday, Abe and Obama had their first telephone talk since the LDP’s landslide victory in Japan’s parliamentary election, according to Kyodo News.
The leaders expressed their will to hold a summit in January, in order to confirm the two countries will collaborate to resolve issues in the region, such as China’s maritime ambitions and North Korea’s rocket launch.
Abe, 58, who strongly supports defense priorities, has expressed his wish to visit the United States and pledged for closer relations between Tokyo and Washington. LDP’s leader stated the ties between America and Japan have become shaky for the past three years under the government led by the Democratic Party of Japan headed by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.