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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center left, waves, as he and wife Akie, center, greet Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, second from right, after placing a wreath at the site of one of the 2013 marathon bombings Monday in Boston. On Wednesday, he will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress. (Josh Reynolds/AP)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center left, waves, as he and wife Akie, center, greet Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, second from right, after placing a wreath at the site of one of the 2013 marathon bombings Monday in Boston. On Wednesday, he will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress. (Josh Reynolds/AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington this week. Abe will meet with President Obama, and the two leaders are expected to discuss security and economic issues.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Abe will also address a joint session of Congress.

He will be the first Japanese leader to do that, and he's under pressure to issue a public apology for Japan's behavior during World War II.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes. 

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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This segment aired on April 27, 2015.

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