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The president making the first stop on his first official trip to Asia he is meeting -- Japan's newly elected prime minister.
Peter Barnes is live now from Tokyo -- -- stream box with more on the meeting Peter.
Well hey Brian the meetings wrapped up here in Tokyo now the president.
And the prime minister having and long afternoon here they -- a bilateral meeting -- a business meeting formal business meeting between.
The two leaders and their teams and then they later.
Had and less formal dinner meeting to continue to talk about major issues and these meetings dominated mainly by foreign policy.
A lot on Afghanistan.
Some on North Korea.
Both leaders acknowledging that they did not discussed much at least in their business meeting their bilateral meeting.
-- -- the economy about global trade the president's aides saying.
That the president will talk more about that when he heads to Singapore for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meeting.
Tomorrow night he's there for a couple of days but one thing.
That the Japanese prime minister -- really wanted from the President Obama.
Was to talk more about having having a more equal partnership.
With the United States this has been a big theme here in Japan since the new prime minister won election.
Back in August the president in the press conference delivered the magic words before the Japanese people to the Japanese audience saying quote let me first insist that the US and Japan.
Are equal partners and he went on to say that he also wants to build partnerships.
We have to understand that the future of the United States and Asia is inextricably linked.
The issues that matter most to our people issues.
Economic growth and job creation non proliferation.
Clean energy these are all issues that have to be.
Part of a joint agenda and we have very productive discussions about these issues.
This -- One idea that the president's aides say that he -- wants to talk about with Asian leaders -- setting up a Pacific free trade area kind of on NAFTA up.
Before these Pacific rim countries the other thing that he will say when he heads into Singapore for this APEC meeting as he will -- Asian leaders to keep up.
The stimulus plans the stimulus packages that they have.
Already launched to make sure that they follow through and complete them to ensure that the global economic recovery is firmly on track Brian back -- -- All right Peter Barnes thank you.
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