You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

The Latest: Pence, Japanese leaders begin talks in Tokyo


The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local):

___

3:40 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso are kicking off a new U.S.-Japan economic dialogue that was launched during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with President Donald Trump in the U.S. in February.

As talks began Tuesday, Aso said the U.S.-Japan alliance has underpinned peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and that trade friction with the U.S. has given way to an "age of cooperation."

Pence said Trump sees the talks as a way to improve business ties with Japan and is hoping for quick results. The discussions are to focus on economic and structural policy and trade and investment strategies aimed at strengthening both countries' economies.

___

2:15 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese leaders have begun talks expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region, though tensions with North Korea loomed large.

Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the U.S. considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region.

Pence said, "We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan."

He also said, "We are with you 100 percent," adding that the U.S. always seeks peace.

Abe said Japan hoped for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue."

Pence was having lunch with Abe at the prime minister's official residence after arriving in Japan earlier in the day for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour.

___

12:15 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Japan for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour.

His plane touched down Tuesday at the U.S. military's Atsugi base outside Tokyo.

The focus of his trip is expected to shift in Japan to trade. North Korea's nuclear and missile development dominated the agenda on his first stop in South Korea.

Pence told business leaders before leaving Seoul that the Trump administration is reviewing all trade agreements as part of its "America First" policy.

White House officials say the meetings in Tokyo are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the U.S. withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team. >> Read more trending news The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision...
April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced
April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced

Fear not April the giraffe fans!  The New York’s Animal Adventure Park announced on Facebook that April’s giraffe cam is coming back soon--and permanently! The camera will be live every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. according to its Facebook post. “A permanent yard cam will go up this season which will also reconnect you to...
Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead
Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead

A noise complaint turned into a dance party for a police officer in San Antonio, and it was all caught on video. Someone made a complaint that music was too loud when a child’s dance club set up a dance floor. >> Read more trending news But instead of shutting the party down, police joined the teens on the dance floor, showing them the...
Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location
Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location

You never know what could be stashed away in a dusty records office.  Two researchers do know and they made the discovery of a lifetime, thanks to a one-line entry in a catalog from a records office in England, The Washington Post reported. The entry read “Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen...
Police ‘arrest’ goats on the lam
Police ‘arrest’ goats on the lam

Things can get a little wild in Maine.  Just ask the police in Belfast who had to answer the call to “arrest” a couple of trespassing goats. >> Read more trending news The goats, named Louis and Mowgli, were picked up by Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick after he received a call from a woman who had trapped them in her garage. They...
More Stories