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Trump, Abe to Add a Day to Summit, Head to Florida


FILE - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with then U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, Nov. 17, 2016.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump are planning to extend their summit meeting scheduled for February 10 by one day, two Japanese government sources with direct knowledge of the matter said Thursday.

After meeting with Trump in Washington, officials are arranging for Abe to then meet Trump at his Mar-a-Lago private resort in Florida February 11, where they may play golf, the sources said.

Trade and currency policy are likely to be high on the agenda during the summit. Trump has criticized the lack of access to the Japanese auto market for U.S. producers and said Tokyo is using monetary policy to devalue its currency.

Japan is expected to defend its auto sector, which has built many manufacturing plants in the United States. Japan is also expected to emphasize that its monetary policy is intended to spur inflation and not trigger competitive devaluation.

A Japanese government spokesman said the details of Abe’s trip haven’t been decided yet.

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