Japanese finance minister Aso at press conference with US VP Pence 18 April

  • we are now entering an era of co-operation
  • alliance is supported not only by military but also economic aspects
  • wants to discuss with Pence on taking lead in global and Asian economic growth

US VP Pence:

  • we can strengthen economies on both sides of the Pacific
  • our teams have been working hard since Feb
  • shares Trump's impatience on Japan trade relations

Markets meanwhile still in holiday mode with GBPUSD 1.2575, EURUSD 1.0646 and USDJPY 109.07 all going nowhere in a hurry.