Abe to visit Poland, Ireland on occasion of G-8 summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday he will visit Poland and Ireland on the occasion of the June 17-18 summit of the Group of Eight nations in Northern Ireland.

Abe revealed the plan in a stump speech in Tokyo. "I would like to promote Japanese technology in the two countries," he said.

As part of its growth strategy, the Abe administration plans to expand Japan's infrastructure and medical technology exports to revitalize the moribund economy.

"With the top-level sales pitch, I want to underline the superb nature of Japan's technology," Abe said.

In Ireland, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 27-member European Union, Abe is also expected to seek accelerated talks for a free trade agreement with the European Union.

In Poland, he is expected to have talks with leaders from the Visegrad Group of Eastern European nations, also involving the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.