North Korea talks: Japan's Shinzo Abe scrambling after Donald Trump 'pulled the rug out'
The Japanese government has recently copped a few blindsides from the US — from a potential trade feud over steel tariffs and the sudden announcement President Donald Trump would meet the North Korean leader.
Pompeo testimony 'should concern Japan and South Korea'
Mr Abe told the Japanese parliament last week that getting rid of only intercontinental ballistic missiles — which North Korea said could reach the US mainland — had "no meaning for Japan", and that he wanted "to tell the US President that [North Korea] should also abandon short and intermediate range missiles that put Japan within range."
He'll be hoping this trip can bolster those numbers — which could come by winning support from Mr Trump to push Pyongyang on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and '80s by the North.