April 25 - U.S. President Barack Obama wraps up his visit to Japan with a joint statement. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: United States President Barack Obama wrapped up his visit to Japan early Friday (April 25) with a Joint Statement on security and trade. Minutes before taking off on Airforce One to South Korea, the United States and Japan announced a joint statement in which they mention that the key security treaty covered islands at the centre of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, and said they would also continue working towards a bilateral trade deal after talks. Before leaving Obama also met with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko who saw him off from his hotel, a rare event as normally foreign dignitaries go to the Imperial Palace for events. In the joint statement, issued shortly before U.S. President Barack Obama left Japan after a state visit, the two nations said they shared strong concern over China's air defence zone in the East China Sea but reaffirmed interest in building productive ties with Beijing. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had ordered their top aides to make a final push to reach a trade agreement but Economy Minister Akira Amari told reporters on Friday that gaps remained despite recent progress.