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Obama arrives in Tokyo on first leg of Asia tour

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U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Tokyo on the first stop of a week-long trip to Asia. He is currently meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where North Korea and economic ties are expected to top the agenda. Kim Ji-yeon reports. During his eight-day, four-nation tour of Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama will attempt to reaffirm America's commitment to its allies on the other side of the Pacific. In Japan, Obama will try to convince Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges. An existing defense treaty between the two countries requires the U.S. to come to Japan's defense if it is attacked. Tokyo claims that treaty extends to islands at the center of a dispute between Japan and China, which puts the U.S. in a tough position. Obama is walking a fine line as he tries to ease Tokyo's concerns while not upsetting Beijing. Local media outlets in Japan are reporting that the U.S. opposes any attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands. The two leaders will also discuss the stalled negotiations on a trans-Pacific trade agreement. After finishing up in Tokyo,... Obama will come to Seoul, where he will meet with President Park Geun-hye at 1 p.m. local time on Friday. He is to express his sympathy to the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster. The two leaders will also talk over ways to respond to the North Korea threat, particularly with the possibility of a fourth nuclear test from Pyongyang looming. President Obama is also expected to express his support to President Park's vision on reunification of the two Koreas. In a speech in Dresden last month, she urged the North to expand reunions of families separated by the Korean War and increase cross-border economic and cultural exchanges, which include the South bolstering humanitarian aid. This is Obama's fourth visit to South Korea, which represents the most trips to the nation by a sitting U.S. president. After departing from Seoul, Obama will head to Malaysia and the Philippines. Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.