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Japan's Abe eyes Europe, N. America tour in late April

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Europe and North America late next month in the hope of securing cooperation for the Group of 20 summit that he will host in Osaka in June, a government source said Monday.

The planned eight-day trip from April 22 is expected to take Abe to G-20 members France, Italy, the United States and Canada, as well as Belgium and Slovakia, according to the source.

Abe is expected to discuss a range of issues with his counterparts during the trip, including the global economy, the environment and international rules on how to utilize big data.

In Belgium, where the European Union is headquartered, Abe is likely to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

A meeting between Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump is being arranged around April 26, in which they are expected to discuss how to deal with North Korea following the second U.S-North Korean summit in late February in Hanoi.

Abe will then meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on April 28, before returning to Japan the following day.

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