Morning Brief: Clinton in Japan
Top Story Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began her first trip abroad by visiting Japan today, describing relations with the country as a “cornerstone” of U.S. foreign policy. Clinton also emphatically (if somewhat euphemistically) criticized North Korea’s planned long-range nuclear missile launch as “very unhelpful.” Clinton also announced that Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso would ...
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began her first trip abroad by visiting Japan today, describing relations with the country as a “cornerstone” of U.S. foreign policy. Clinton also emphatically (if somewhat euphemistically) criticized North Korea’s planned long-range nuclear missile launch as “very unhelpful.”
Clinton also announced that Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso would be the first foreign leader to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Feb. 24. The two leaders will discuss coordinating responses to the financial crisis.
Aso will likely relish the opportunity to get away for a few days. His approval ratings are below 10 percent according to some polls and his government suffered yet another setback today as Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa announced his resignation after he appeared visibly intoxicated at a G7 press conference.
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Joshua Keating is a former associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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