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New Japan PM mulls SE Asia visit

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Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to make Southeast Asian countries his first foreign destination, reports said Tuesday, despite an earlier pledge to go to Washington before anywhere else. 

The second-time premier is expected to visit Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam later this month, after "scheduling difficulties" put the brakes on a trip to the US, the major dailies Asahi and Yomiuri reported, without citing sources.

Mr Abe said on Monday that although he wanted to visit the United States first to strengthen Tokyo's alliance with Washington, "I've broadened the scope of my schedule, partly because of the circumstances (on the US side)." 

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