A popular ex-defence minister and a colourful Twitter user are among the list of potential contenders to lead Japan following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's resignation due to health problems.
The spectacular appointment as environment minister of the telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old son of much-loved former PM Junichiro Koizumi, set tongues wagging in Tokyo political classes as the Abe era draws to a close.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and People's Bank of China Governor Yi Gang are due to hold routine talks on various issues and then break away for their discussion on trade amid a row between the world's two largest economies.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the two countries were working to counter the "dangerous aggressions" from North Korea, while Trump said he will work with Tokyo to sort out problems on trade.
At least 100,000 ordered to evacuate their homes as heavy rains batter southwestern Japan. Typhoon Nanmadol slammed Japan on Tuesday, grounding dozens of flights.
US and Japan are hoping to achieve a new economic relationship after Washington backed out of 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Both parties express cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile tests and China's encroachment in the South China Sea. Pence's visit to Japan is part of a ten-day tour in the Asia Pacific region to emphasise trade ties.
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