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Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan met today at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss topics of mutual interest in advance of the two leaders of their nations meeting tomorrow.  The Vice President and the Deputy Prime Minister discussed global and bilateral issues, including people-to-people ties and cooperation in space, emphasizing the new heights that the US-Japan Alliance has reached under President Trump and Prime Minister Abe.  The two also discussed the positive progress being made towards a finalized bilateral trade agreement.  Such a full agreement will lead to greater prosperity in both countries and will serve as a model for fair and reciprocal economic relations among nations.