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Abe's US visit reinforces a historic partnership

It has sealed Japan's place as a staunch ally central to the geostrategic concept of an American "pivot" to East Asia though question marks still remain over TPP

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The magnificent arrival ceremony at the White House, the first White House state dinner in more than a year and Mr Abe's address to US Congress all point to change of tone and content in ties between Japan and the United States.

AS Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded his historic visit to Washington - the first by a Japanese premier in nine years, and the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of the US Congress - it may be difficult to imagine that it was only five years ago when some officials and