Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a luncheon at Villa Maria Estate during his official visit, in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, July 7, 2014.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a luncheon at Villa Maria Estate during his official visit, in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, July 7, 2014. AP Photo - Peter Meecham, Pool

Resources the key point as Japanese Prime Minister visits

AUSTRALIAN resources are likely to be top of the agenda when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Canberra on Tuesday.

Mr Abe will address politicians during a special parliamentary sitting day, as the island nation seeks to shore up new sources of energy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who visited Japan earlier this year, invited him to join him in Australia, with a free trade agreement expected to be signed on Tuesday.

Mr Abe is also expected to head to Western Australia's mineral-rich Pilbara region.

Joining him on the trip will be Japanese business leaders, looking to Australia to fill even more of the resource-poor nation's supplies.


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