President George Bush of the United States and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan met in Washington, DC, and Camp David, Maryland, in April 2007 where they had what President Bush called “the kind of discussion you’d expect allies to have.” They talked about the US-Japan alliance, values that Americans and Japanese hold in common, and the seemingly intractable issue of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. They considered Iran’s plans to acquire nuclear weapons, the war in Iraq, and Japan’s aid to Afghanistan. They delved into issues in the Middle East, complicated trade problems, the environment and energy, and the question of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens from their homeland.