|Prime Minister Shinzo Abe|
TOKYO, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set off on Sunday on a four-day visit to Germany, France, Belgium and Italy for talks on trade and security issues.
He is set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, European Council President Donald Tusk, and the new Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni during the trip.
"I want to exchange opinions openly with G7 leaders," Abe told reporters at Tokyo's Haneda airport before departure.
"We hope to work with the European Union on issues the international community is facing such as the problems on North Korea and free trade," he added.
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