Japan’s PM Abe to U.S. Congress: Trade Deal is ‘awesome’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated the importance of finalizing agreements on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a historic speech before the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.

“Let us bring the TPP to successful conclusion through our joint leadership,” he said in English. “The TPP goes beyond just economic benefit. It is also about our security. Long-term, its strategic value is ‘awesome.'”

Abe is the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress. His United States visit comes ahead of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August.