Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe makes deeply symbolic visit to Washington's World War II memorial, which honors Americans killed in the war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - RESENDING SCRIPT TO ADJUST HEADLINE ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe made a deeply symbolic visit to Washington's World War Two memorial, which honors Americans killed in the conflict. Later Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday. During Japanese Prime Minister's visit to Washington, the Obama administration has rolled out the red carpet for Abe, seeking to showcase deeper defense ties and advance the long-delayed trade deal as the two allies work to counter China's rising power in the region. But with many of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats reluctant to back his trade agenda for fear it will hurt U.S. jobs, Abe could have a hard time selling them on the need to break down trade barriers with Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries involved in the negotiations. Some American critics, including politicians and war veterans, have urged Abe to use the speech to make a strong public expression of contrition about World War Two to erase concerns that he is trying to dilute past official statements of remorse by Japanese leaders.