Abe to meet Kenny on 1st visit to Ireland by a Japanese prime minister

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Wednesday during the first visit to Ireland by a serving Japanese premier.

Abe is expected to discuss bolstering ties with Ireland -- and with the European Union as Dublin current holds the rotating presidency of the 27-member European Union.

The visit comes just after Abe attended the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland, where he joined other leaders from the Group of Eight nations to discuss issues of international concern.

At the two-day G-8 summit that ended Tuesday, Abe apparently won support for his policies dubbed "Abenomics" to pull the Japanese economy out of nearly two decades of deflation.