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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met 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.
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