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Japan's prime minister arrives for official visit to Australia

Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014 - 01:28

Japanese Prime Minister Abe signed hails ''new beginning'' for ties with Australia as he begins three-day visit. Katie Sargent reports

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It was a warm welcome for Japan's prime minister from Australia's parliament on Tuesday. Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of the Australian parliament. He used the occasion to hail a new relationship between the two countries -- who were adversaries during World War Two. 6. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JAPAN'S PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE SAYING: "Today I stand in front of you who represent the people of Australia and state solemnly that now Japan and Australia will finally use our relationship of trust which has stood up through the trials of history in our cooperation in area of security. Australia and Japan have now freed ourselves from one old layer and are now moving towards a new special relationship." Abe is in Australia for a three-day official visit during which the two countries are expected to sign trade deals as well as defense agreements. Abe recently reinterpreted the country's pacifist constitution to allow its military to aid friendly countries under attack. Abe and his wife began their time in Australia with a visit to the country's war memorial. They laid a wreath at the memorial and signed the visitors book. During his stay Abe is expected to visit a mining region in the west as the two countries seek to expand their business ties.

Japan's prime minister arrives for official visit to Australia

Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014 - 01:28

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