President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan deliver press statements and take questions following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Today, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. “The U.S.-Japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the Pacific region,” President Obama said. In the meeting, the two leaders discussed a range of security issues in the Asia Pacific region, and over lunch, talked about the close economic cooperation between our two countries.