Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the first-ever visit of a sitting Japanese PM to Latvia January 13, a little over a month after his Latvian counterpart Maris Kučinskis made history in the other direction when he visited Tokyo, eng.lsm.lv reports.

Abe stopped-off in Latvia following a visit to neighboring Estonia yesterday and en route to Lithuania as part of a regional tour that lasts until Wednesday.

Following talks between the two Saturday in Riga, Abe described the two nations as “close partners in freedom, democracy and civil rights” and said Latvia would be of great interest to Japanese businesses and investors one a Japan-EU trade agreement is in place.

"Riga will be one of the countries that Japanese businesspeople will be interested in because it is a logistics centre," Abe said.

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