President Clinton will travel to Tokyo in April to meet with Japan’s leaders in an effort to improve strained relations with the United States.
Clinton had canceled such a trip in November because of the federal budget crisis. The rescheduled trip by the president and Hillary Rodham Clinton is set for April 17-18, the White House said Tuesday.
After Tokyo, the president plans a Moscow trip and talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin April 19-20 before returning home.
Clinton had to cancel his visit to the city of Osaka for a November summit of Asia-Pacific leaders because of the budget crisis in the United States. He also had planned a state visit to Tokyo.
The White House said Clinton and the first lady will make a formal call on Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Clinton also will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and members of his Cabinet.