Japanese Leader Shinzo Abe Visits USC, Where He was a Student

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Japaneses Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out his vision for deeper Japanese involvement in Asian security and global diplomacy on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in a historic speech to Congress.

LOS ANGELES (LA Times) —

Heading home from a weeklong visit to the U.S., Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stopped off Saturday morning for a nostalgic tour of USC, where he was a student in the 1970s.

The brief visit to USC was Abe’s final event in the United States before he headed to Los Angeles International Airport, after a week of diplomacy and economic discussions.

USC president C.L. Max Nikias escorted Abe around the campus and presented him with a USC letterman’s jacket inscribed with his name. Abe also met with faculty at the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

Earlier in the week, Abe addressed a joint session of Congress and was the guest of honor at a state dinner at the White House. On Thursday, he participated in a public forum at Stanford University about technological innovation. Abe visited Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo on Friday and spoke at a downtown luncheon about economic development.

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