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New Zealand prime minister to make 5-day visit to Japan

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will make a five-day visit to Japan from Wednesday and meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

During her visit, Abe and Ardern plan to hold talks and a luncheon on Sept 19, Japanese government officials said.

"Through the first visit by Prime Minister Ardern in her current capacity, we hope to strengthen bilateral cooperation on the political and economic fronts," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.

Japan and New Zealand are "strategic partners" that share basic values such as democracy and the rule of law, Suga said, adding that he hopes people-to-people exchanges will increase.

After becoming prime minister, Ardern gave birth to her first child in June 2018. She returned to work after six weeks of maternity leave.

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Nicely timed for her to catch an All Blacks game too!

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Yeah it must be nice for her to run away from all the problems going on in New Zealand right now. Typical Jacinda.

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Japan and New Zealand are "strategic partners" that share basic values such as democracy and the rule of law, Suga said

Ha!!

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Perhaps she'll urge the Japanese to take seriously women who accuse men in power of sexual abuse?

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Yeah it must be nice for her to run away from all the problems going on in New Zealand right now. Typical Jacinda.

Oh no, an entire 5 DAY diplomatic trip! How will the country ever cope?

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Yeah it must be nice for her to run away from all the problems going on in New Zealand right now.

Please tell us about all these problems she is running away from.

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@RiskyMosaic

Hi there Nigel H, how's Labour going with the abuse scandal, any more apologies in store?

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I don't know who runs PM Ardern's diary, but given she is the female PM, representing a Labour party facing massive sexual abuse scandals from within and outside the Labour party, it's a bad time to be going on tour. What is that saying to the victims?

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Sh1mon,

Fair. It's been poorly handled - and never should have happened in the first place, and needs to be dealt with. Doesn't mean the world stops spinning though. I guess she's hoping the rugby world cup will be a decent distraction.

And, Chelsea, she's off to NY after Japan, so longer than 5 days. Sorry.

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I hope the Japanese people have access to NZ current news to read and know how the NZ Prime Minister is unable to deal with the sexual assaults where the victims are within her political umbrella! Her government never seems to execute a high standard of performance. So, she will be in Japan for 5 days and the sexual assaults and the victims are still in limbo!!!

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