Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper have agreed to strengthen the alliance between the two countries. Esper voiced concern over China, and also said that the US is committed to North Korea's denuclearization.
The meeting took place at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Wednesday. Esper is on his first visit to Japan since assuming his post in July.
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has met US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Tokyo. They discussed Washington's recent proposal to establish a coalition for ensuring safety in the Strait of Hormuz.
Their talks took place at the Defense Ministry on Monday. Iwaya thanked Bolton for his efforts to bolster the Japan-US security alliance.
Japan's Princess Mako has paid a courtesy call to Bolivian President Evo Morales. She is visiting the country to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants.
The daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino arrived in La Paz, Bolivia's administrative capital, on Monday. She earlier visited Peru as part of a regional tour.
The Secretary-General of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, Toshihiro Nikai, has exchanged views with Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on China's Belt and Road initiative.
Nikai and Hu met for 30 minutes at the Zhongnanhai headquarters of the Chinese leadership in Beijing on Sunday. Hu is often referred to as one of China's sixth-generation leaders.
The leaders of Japan and Poland have agreed to strengthen their economic ties, as the Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the European Union took effect in February.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava on the third leg of his tour of Europe and North America. He is the first Japanese prime minister to visit Slovakia.
The Toyota Sienna has always been an inconspicuous van. They're out there, there's a lot of them and they're huge, but they blend in with darn near everything. Perhaps Toyota noticed that a little while ago and slapped on the slightly garish grille/not a grille plastic thing in the front bumper, but it still doesn't really stand out. On the other hand, our long-term Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which is a great deal newer than the Sienna, has slick styling that gets noticed. Toyota hasn't properly redesigned the Sienna since the 2011 model year, and it shows on every front. Despite its many shortcomings, there are still some valid arguments for going with the dinosaur.
The Chrysler is fitted with Nokian Hakkapelitta winter tires. As you might guess, this means that braking and grip around corners is better than the Sienna in snow. If the Sienna were to ditch its slippery all-seasons for a proper set of winters, it would be running circles around the Pacifica. Still, I drove our Pacifica through a lake effect blizzard in Buffalo and it never blinked from lack of traction with multiple inches of snow on the ground. Some folks are going to want the assurance of all-wheel drive, and the Sienna will offer it, but don't make it your only option. All-wheel drive might help you get going, but winter tires are there to save the day when sledding gets tough.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held separate meetings with Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito. He is believed to have briefed them on governmental preparations for the upcoming Imperial succession.
Abe met the Emperor at the Imperial Palace on Thursday to report privately on matters of state.