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Platts: LNG-watchers expect Obama, Japan PM to discuss potential exports this week

The LNG export issue was brought up during an April meeting between Obama and then-Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, although not in great detail. With an administration decision on LNG exports potentially just weeks away, Obama and Abe could delve into the topic more deeply when they meet, industry observers said.

“I’d be surprised if it was not discussed,” said Bill Cooper, president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas.

The White House announced last week that Obama would meet with Prime Minister Abe on Friday to discuss “a range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including the US-Japan Security Alliance, economic and trade issues, and deepening bilateral cooperation.”

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