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Turnbull and Japanese PM to talk Trump

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017 Lisa Martin

The implications of a Donald Trump US presidency on the Asia-Pacific region is likely to be on the agenda when Malcolm Turnbull holds talks with his Japanese counterpart in Sydney.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie will be accompanied by a delegation of Japanese business leaders when they visit Australia this weekend.

"Japan has been an important friend to Australia for many decades," Mr Turnbull said in a statement.

"I also look forward to building on my personal friendship with the prime minister."

The leaders will have a working meeting on Saturday focusing on trade and investment, defence cooperation and people-to-people links.

President-elect Trump's foreign policy direction is expected to be canvassed.

Mr Abe was the first world leader to snag a meeting with Mr Trump following the US election in November.

During the campaign, Mr Trump fuelled concern in Tokyo when he repeatedly threatened to force allied countries to pay more to host US military forces for security protection.

Mr Abe and Mr Turnbull are both enthusiastic supporters of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which Mr Trump has vowed to kill off after his inauguration.

Japan ratified the deal last December and it is still before the Australian parliament, but without the US, the TPP's fate appears doomed.

Whaling, the North Korean nuclear threat and tensions in the South China Sea are also likely to be discussed.

Mr Abe last visited Australia in July 2014.

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