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Japan PM pledges 'unchanging' allegiance to US under Trump

  • Japan's Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open the ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan's Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open the ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open the ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan's Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open the ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Emperor Akihito sits before opening the ordinary Diet session formally at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan's Emperor Akihito sits before opening the ordinary Diet session formally at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)  (The Associated Press)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to visit the U.S. as soon as possible to meet with Donald Trump after the new American president's inauguration.

Abe said Friday in an annual policy address to parliament that the U.S.-Japan alliance is an "unchanging principle" for his country's foreign and security policy.

Japan is worried about how Trump's "America first" policy will affect U.S. commitment to the Asia region, as well as the fallout from any heightened tensions with China and North Korea.

Abe met Trump in New York in November, shortly after the election win. He was the first foreign leader to meet the president-elect. Trump will be sworn in as president on Friday.