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Japanese PM to visit Australia

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reviews the troops during a welcoming ceremony in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reviews the troops during a welcoming ceremony in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Sydney [AAP]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to land in Sydney on Friday as he begins a busy weekend visit to Australia.

Mr Abe and his wife Akie, who are on a six day diplomatic tour which takes in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam, will be accompanied by a delegation of Japanese business leaders from banks, resources firms and education institutions.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will host a bilateral meeting on Saturday, during which it is expected they will discuss the implications of a Donald Trump US presidency on the Asia-Pacific and the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the nuclear threat from North Korea and South China Sea tensions.

The two countries are expected to sign a revised acquisition and cross-servicing deal, under which the Australian defence force will be able to supply ammunition to the Japanese military for the first time.

Mr Abe last visited Australia in July 2014 and this trip comes after Japan lost out out to a French ship builder for the contract to construct Australia’s new fleet of submarines.


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