With a two-day visit in Japan wants German Chancellor Angela Merkel this Monday and Tuesday to send a Signal for multilateral crisis solutions and free world trade.

In the capital, Tokyo, is planned after the arrival on Monday of a conversation with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Also current topics such as the denunciation of the INF should-Treaty for the renunciation of nuclear-armed intermediate-range nuclear weapons between the United States and Russia, as well as the situation in Venezuela. The Chancellor was last in 2015, a bilateral visit to Japan.

the German government’s stress circles, in the face of more difficult international political environment with conflicts between the USA, China and Russia should expect from the visit to the Signal of a close partnership. Both countries face similar challenges of demographic change, digitalization, changes in the labour market and the supply of energy.

Germany and Japan joined in a partnership of values, it was further – you parts of the basic Beliefs such as the commitment to multilateralism, democracy and free trade. This could also be as a sign in the direction of US President Donald Trump considered that relies on a nationalist course and protectionism. Abe is expected given the ongoing territorial conflicts with China in the East and South China sea, Merkel is also a Signal of support for multilateral conflict resolution hope for.

Other topics of conversation, Merkel and Abe are expected to the nuclear program of North Korea, the means for Japan, a special threat, as well as the future of the nuclear agreement with Iran. In addition, the preparation of the G20 is a meeting of the major economic powers play by the end of June in Osaka a role. In addition to the usual issues of trade, climate and multilateralism Abe wants to make the areas of digitization, artificial intelligence, and the free flow of data, as well as the support of the world trade organisation WTO in the area of digital trade to one of the priorities.

On Tuesday, a Meeting of the Chancellor with the Emperor Akihito is planned – Merkel for the third Time with him. The 85-year-old Monarch is on the 30. April abdicate. Later, she also wants to speak with the 58-year-old crown Prince Naruhito, and his father on 1. May want to follow on the throne. Also planned is a discussion of Merkel with students of Keio University, one of the most important private universities in Japan with a strong international orientation, as well as a speech at an economic forum.

A Central role in the visit, the deepening of economic relations. Japan is for the Federal Republic of Germany is the second largest trade partner in the Region, after China, Germany is the main trading partner of Japan in the EU. A total of about 400 German companies doing business in Japan. On Friday it was entered into free trade agreements of the EU with Japan, in force. It is the largest of the EU agreement, and is intended to connect markets with more than 600 million people. Overall, it will comprise 40 percent of world trade.

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