Obama Comes to Japan Bearing Gifts: Support for Japan Taking Permanent Seat on UN Security Council and Invitation to Washington for Prime Minister Kan

By Jaketapper

Nov 12, 2010 10:29pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:

Trade was at the top of the agenda when President Obama sat down with Japanese Prime Minister Kan this morning in Yokahama.

The two leaders made brief remarks after their meeting, but took no questions.

The president said he and Kan discussed the need to expand trade and open markets in Asia and he welcomed the prime minister’s interest in liberalizing trade.

Mr. Obama reaffirmed his support for Japan as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, calling Japan “a model of the kind of country” that should have a permanent seat.

This is the president’s second endorsement for a permanent Security Council seat this week – on Monday, Mr. Obama said that India should become a permanent member.

President Obama said Prime Minister Kan accepted his invitation to visit the United States in the first half of next year.

Tomorrow the president will tour the Great Buddha of Kamakura, an enormous outdoor bronze statue that sits at the Kotokuin Temple, which he said he visited as a child.

“I’m looking forward to an opportunity to return tomorrow and again experience the extraordinary aspects of Japanese culture,” he said.

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