From: Andrew BEATTY
Date: April 18, 2017 at 3:41:29 PM GMT+9
Subject: VPOTUS pool report 6 - economic dialogue.
At 14:20, inside the Kantei the PM's official residence, VPOTUS and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso walked into a elegant modern conference room with high glass windows on one side that gave onto an outdoor rock garden.
In the center of the room was a long table with nine chairs on each side.
Your pool was preset inside.
Among the VPOTUS delegation were Mark Calabria, Andrea Thompson, Aiko Lane, Kelly Swaine and Josh Pitcock.
Aso and Pence shook hands in front of the Japanese and American flags, prompting a sustained volley of camera flashes.
Aso's translated remarks were not very audible, but he appeared to say that a period of economic friction had passed "we are in an age of cooperation."
VPOTUS said President Trump envisaged the coming economic dialogue as a mechanism to enhance cooperation, with results in the "near future", VPOTUS said he shared that vision and "impatience."
He said discussions would focus on three main areas: "Economic and structural policy, common strategy on trade and investment and sectoral cooperation."
Your pool was then led out. We are holding in the room where Aso and the VP will have a press conference shortly. That event is open press.