Yellen cancels public event in Japan after Abe’s assassination

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has canceled her port visit to Yokohama during her visit to Japan next week in deference to the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a Treasury official said on Saturday.

Abe was shot and killed on Friday while giving a campaign speech on a street in the western city of Nara. Yellen was scheduled to go to the port on Tuesday for a roundtable with business leaders, tour the facilities and deliver a speech.

Separately, the State Department said late Saturday that Secretary Antony Blinken would add a stopover in Tokyo in the coming days as part of his trip to Asia to offer condolences to the Japanese people on Abe’s death and meet with senior Japanese officials. The Treasury official said Yellen’s bilateral meetings in Japan would still take place. She is due to meet Finance Minister Suzuki Shunichi on Tuesday.

Yellen’s plane briefly stopped to refuel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on the way to Tokyo. Former President Donald Trump was also in town to raise funds for US House of Representatives candidate Sarah Palin and other Republican candidates. Yellen will attend a meeting of Indonesia’s Group of 20 major economies and meet with South Korean officials as she seeks to build support for a Russian oil price cap during her trip to Asia, the department said on Friday. of the Treasury.

The trip, Yellen’s first visit to the Indo-Pacific region as Treasury Secretary, comes amid nagging questions about how a cap on Russian oil prices could work without support from India and the US. others who are now buying cheap Russian oil.

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