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Abe heads off to Europe again

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed for Europe on Tuesday, his 4th trip to the continent this year.

Abe, who made a 6-nation trip to Europe over Golden Week, will first visit Brussels for the two-day Group of Seven summit, starting Wednesday.

Late Thursday, Abe will go to Rome where he will meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Abe will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday and then return to Japan on Saturday.

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visit Pope Francis

and pay attention?

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He is back visiting the Pope again. He really must be seeking forgiveness for all the sins of his neo-liberal and neo-nationalist policy. Or maybe he just likes the pizza in Rome. Anyway, sure glad my taxes are going to a good cause.

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Abe's visit to Pope Francis is a signal that Catholicism is a recognized faith, and diplomacy with Rome is as important as with other leaders , political or otherwise ( the Dalai Lama) . . . .ALL of Abe's travels (Asia or Europe) have done a lot to promote Japanese profile and businesses in a positive, pro-active, collaborative way . . .WAY TO GO, ABE!!!

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Shesh... weathers good isn't it Abe.

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Why so many trips overseas? Too many problems at home?

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dcog9065: Why so many trips overseas? Too many problems at home?

Because foreign policy and or trade issues are not solved in ONE visit . . .they are developed , procedurally over a period of time.

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Religion and Politics should always be kept separate. No business visiting the catholic pope, I doubt Abe is catholic. Although maybe he is studying the Vatican model of economy and finance, two crooked and corrupt organisations comparing notes.

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It's the food, much better than a subterranean raw fish and rice outlet. If you have been there you understand that the food is amazing, cooked for a start, ingredients that make your mouth have a party. And it's hot and uncomfortable in Japan best to leave visit some places. If I was the PM I'd just move.

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Rome is one of the center of information, since the Pope has many ears around the globe, very critical place even for the US.

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Religion and Politics should always be kept separate. No business visiting the catholic pope,

StormR -- horsefeathers. In case you missed it, The Vatican, also called The Holy See, is an independent country, and many countries have emissaries to it. Also, did you miss that The Pope recently invited the heads of Palestine and Isreal to visit in June to try to narrow their differences? So, whether you like it or not, The Vatican has a role, a substantial one, in Internationl Politics, and most major leaders, including both Obama and Putin, have visited Pope Francis. I just hope Abe uses it as a chance to possibly learn a lesson in humility, from possibly the world's most humble leader, and drop all the arrogance he is displaying lately.

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HE goes to stir the pot and to receive orders from NWO. Business, politics and religion hold hands together.

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jerseyboy:

The Vatican, also called The Holy See, is an independent country, and many countries have emissaries to it. Also, did you miss that The Pope recently invited the heads of Palestine and Isreal to visit in June to try to narrow their differences? So, whether you like it or not, The Vatican has a role, a substantial one, in Internationl Politics, and most major leaders, including both Obama and Putin, have visited Pope Francis.

Well said !

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Its tough at the top, a 6-nation trip can take allot out of one, at least Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday can offer some inspiring words of clam reflection.

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Perhaps he's praying for forgiveness and divine intervention in the mess he has made of his homeland's economics.

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Perhaps he's praying for forgiveness and divine intervention in the mess he has made of his homeland's economics.

you mean in addition to the blessings he is receiving by honoring war-dead-souls every now and then?

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Jerseyboy you honestly cant believe that politics and religion should be in bed together surely, church and state should be separate, but I guess you come from America here church is intertwined into your govt, maybe that is some of what is wrong with the US.

Just because the Vatican has a political arm doesn't make it right

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Does he fly JAL or ANA?

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A chartered JAL plane.

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