Atomic power has emerged as a key issue ahead of Japan's election this Sunday. The country has faced political deadlock amid a slumping economy, territorial disputes and the fallout of its 2011 national disaster.
US President Barack Obama has met with Prime Minister Abe on his state visit to Japan, following a formal reception at the Imperial Palace. Tricky talks on a trade accord top the agenda, but both sides have reservations.
Japan will keep nuclear power as an important source of energy, according to the country's latest energy plan. The move comes despite widespread public unease over the technology following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
The US is stepping up efforts to defend Japan against threats from North Korea and China. Several disputed islands in the South and East China Sea have the potential to threaten the stability of the entire region.
As President Barack Obama moves on to South Korea, the US and Japan have issued a joint statement saying that though a desired trade deal is not yet finalized, there has been progress.
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