February 17th, 2009
04:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Japanese prime minister to meet Obama in Washington

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/17/art.getty.taro.aso.jpg caption=" Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso will meet with President Obama next week in the nation's capital."](CNN) - Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso will be the first foreign leader to visit President Obama in Washington, the White House said Tuesday.

The Japanese leader will meet with the president next week at the White House to discuss a wide range of issues, including North Korea and the global economic crisis.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Japan Tuesday in her first stop on her Asian tour, calling on that country to increase its own stimulus spending as it faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. J.P.

    The PM's first question to Obama will be, "Hey, you're not thinking of trying that crazy bailout pork-barrel spending sh*t we tried, are you? It's been nearly 17 years and we STILL haven't recovered. Arigato."

    February 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. New Day

    What are the Vegas odds for Obama puking on him? 😀

    February 17, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Happy now GOPer talking-point vomiters? Obama's not using Air Force 1 for this one...whatever will you come up with to blabber about now? tards

    February 17, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Jon in Ca

    Obama has the white-flag all prepared.

    Kyoto-Treaty – YEP!

    Withdrawing US Soldiers from Japan – YEP!

    Water down "Buy America" provisions – YEP!

    America, say Domo Arrigato to Obama for the shiv in the back

    February 17, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Olivia, NY

    So, don't give away the farm, like we did with China.

    February 17, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Andy

    Interesting, and will certainly be a boon for Aso's abysmal poll numbers, but how much longer is this guy going to be in office? I'm somewhat surprised Japan is first; I would think Obama would want to meet with a country whose relations with the US suffered in the last eight years. Japan has been one of our strongest allies; perhaps some sort of reward from Washington?

    February 17, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Jacques

    So when is Obama going to meet Hugo Chavez, Ahmedinejeh, Kim Sung Il and his friend Putin?

    February 17, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Whatz up

    WELCOME Prime Minister Aso!

    Don't worry you won't be "bullied" by our new President, like the former "cowboy" or tortured by the former whacked-job cuckoo Cheney.

    We FINALLY have a President who can complete a full sentence with a great level of intelligence and political savvy.


    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Proud American

    Let me guess he wants some of the stimulus?

    February 17, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    Get that language book out now and pratice a 'proper' greeting...and please ..don't forget to do a gentlmanly bow.

    February 17, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Jeff from Jersey

    Maybe the Japanese are looking for bail-out money for their own auto industry which is also struggling to survive right now.

    February 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I am so glad we finally have a man we can be proud of leading this country. We don't have to worry that he's going to say something totally goofy like the last 8 years. President Obama is a diplomat and a gentleman. I'm sure he will represent our country well.

    February 17, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    February 17, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. C.S.A republicans

    He already owns Alabama,Kentucky and Tenn. and the car industry there,hahahahahahahahaha.

    February 17, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Andrea

    The guy who was DRUNK at the G-7? LMFAO! You've Got To Be Kidding??

    February 17, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. JJ

    Hopefully, he'll tell him that "spending" your way out of a recession DOESN'T WORK.....

    February 17, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. culture shock

    He might want to bring some sushi with him. I don't think the Japanese eat fried chicken and watermelon.

    February 17, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. S.S., MD

    It's wonderful that Japan and America will meet to discuss numerous issues that's in stored for both countries.When will President Obama, and PM of Israel meet to speak of the atrocities that's occuring in Israel? We don't need a leader to chastise Israel.

    February 17, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. vamp123

    GOD I hope THIS one doesn't get drunk like the one that just quit in Japan. LOL.
    J.P. you are an idiot. The bailout is because of idiotic repukelican policies that let the banks and idiot homeowners over extend themselves. Get your sh1t straight before you make stupid comments like that!
    Andrea, he wasn't the one that was drunk, that was the Finance minister. Goofy!

    February 17, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. yen

    They have so much to talk about! Obama and the Japanese PM.

    February 17, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. sam

    To Culture Shock: That was a very racist statement against African-Americans and Asian People. You are just angry because you see this caucasian-racist power society slipping from it's grip and becoming extinct. This is not just a white man's world any more (YOU BETTER ASK SOMEBODY!!).

    February 17, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    One Japan high official said "we are worried that US is warming up to China". Next day, after Clinton met with the PM, the finance minister was called to resign for allegedly being drunk at the G7 summit. He later told reporters he was drowsy from the cough mixture. Hmmm.. incompetence must be contagious.

    February 17, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. jcow

    Having just moved back from Japan I'm happy to see that Aso will be coming to America. Unfortunately the meeting will occur after Obama signed the "stimulus" package. Perhaps the Japanese could have talked him out of it – a "stimulus" package only deepened the Japanese recession and they still have not recovered from their housing bubble. The one thing they do have going for them is that individuals in Japan have actually saved some money – not like the spend thrift Americans surviving on credit....

    February 17, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. jon

    sell him a caddy or a ford they dumped their cars in the us and screwed the usa

    February 17, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Karl

    Culture Shock, you are one stupid and racist f$@#! Your braincells need to be castrated because they're doing nothing for you.

    February 17, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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