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Japan’s special package that may create 700,000 US jobs to be unveiled to Trump

world Updated: Feb 03, 2017 16:41 IST
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A TV showing US President Donald Trump is seen through national flags of the US and Japan at a foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo.(REUTERS)

Japan is putting together a package it says could generate 700,000 US jobs and help create a $450-billion market, to present to US President Donald Trump next week, government sources familiar with the plans said.

The five-part package, to be unveiled when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Trump on February 10 in Washington, envisage investments in infrastructure projects such as high-speed trains and cybersecurity, said the sources, who declined to be identified as they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Investing in overseas infrastructure projects dovetails with a key plank in Abe’s growth strategy, which is to export “high-quality” infrastructure technology.

A man walks past a shop selling masks of US President Donald Trump (left top) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a market in Tokyo. Abe is scheduled to visit Trump on February 10 in Washington. (REUTERS)

The package also includes cooperation in global infrastructure investment, joint development of robots and artificial intelligence, and cooperation in cybersecurity and space exploration, among others.

The government may tap its foreign exchange reserves account to fund part of the package, the sources said.

It may also get funding from megabanks and government-affiliated financial institutions, as well as the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the Asahi and other newspapers reported.

However, GPIF president Norihiro Takahashi said on Thursday there was no truth to reports that the Fund would invest as a part of the government package, adding that the Fund made its investment decisions to benefit policyholders.

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