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Obama arrives in Japan for state visit

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARATION) U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday (April 23) at the start of a four-nation trip that comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbour North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test. Obama, who is making the first full state visit to Japan by a U.S. President since 1996, is expected to assuage worries by Tokyo and other allies that his commitment to their defense in the face of an increasingly assertive China is weak, without hurting vital U.S. ties with Asia's biggest economy. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are also keen to show progress on a two-way trade pact seen as critical to a broader regional deal that would be one of the world's biggest trade agreements and is central to Obama's "pivot" of military, diplomatic and trade resources towards Asia. Japan, whose relations with rival China have chilled over the past two years, h

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