Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been making an average of one overseas trip a month since he took office in December 2013, will kick off his diplomacy for the year this week with a visit to the Middle east.
Abe -- who has called himself Japan's No. 1 salesman -- will first head off to Egypt, followed by visits to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. He is expected to pledge Japan's support for efforts to bring peace and stability to the region and contribute to the global fight against the Islamic State, TV Asahi reported.
Abe is also keen to strengthen economic ties between Japan and Israel.
During his visit to the Palestinian territories, Abe will unveil Japan's plans to help rebuild the strife-torn Gaza Strip.
Also traveling next week will be Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who will visit India, France, Belgium and Britain, and new Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who is scheduled to visit Japanese Self Defense-Forces troops stationed in South Sudan and Djibouti as part of United Nations peacekeeping activities.© Japan Today