When Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, arrives in Washington D.C. late this month, the cherry blossoms will have just dropped. According to U.S. and Japanese government officials, Abe will travel to Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles after addressing a joint session of Congress. That’s all predictable, and uninspired. Let me offer a more interesting itinerary for Japan’s leader.

At the end of his congressional speech, Abe should look at the representatives of America’s people and say the following:

“My American friends, I now leave your capital city to see your country. Unlike most world leaders, I want to understand as best I can what makes America so strong. I want to take back with me lessons that will help make my economic plan, called “Abenomics,” as successful as possible.

“And so, I am on my way from here to Fargo, North Dakota, to see first hand the incredible shale oil revolution that is transforming your economy and the world’s energy markets. I will be the first foreign leader to visit your shale fields, which may help my own country in its struggle to diversify its energy imports away from the unstable Middle East and increasingly aggressive Russia.

“I want to see the technologies that are opening up the earth’s hidden resources, and understand the business environment that led Fargo to be the fastest growing metropolitan economy in the U.S. last year, with an unemployment rate of just 3 percent.

“After that, ladies and gentleman, I am off to Raleigh, North Carolina, to visit one of America’s great technological centers. As an aging country, Japan must remain at the forefront of technological innovation in everything from healthcare to defense. Japanese must see how the universities of the ‘Research Triangle’ create new ideas and attract some of your country’s best minds. We have our own technology zones, but they have not prevented Japan’s companies from losing their competitiveness over the past two decades. I hope to find some answers to our technological research challenges in Raleigh.

“But ideas only take you part of the way. I have pledged in my economics plan to revitalize Japan’s domestic economy. How do we turn ideas into real goods and services and get them to our people? Despite being the world’s second-largest democratic economy, Japan continues to struggle to improve its national logistics in everything from air travel to telecommunications. And so, I will fly to Jacksonville, Florida, which boasts almost unparalleled links for trains, planes, and automobiles, as well as ships and telecommunications. Japan’s economy must learn to become more efficient and better integrate all elements of our domestic economy, and to make it easier for our companies to trade internationally.

“Yet Japan faces a major challenge of ensuring that all of its regions and cities prosper. I have committed to strengthening local economies and our countryside, as well. So I want to see some of America’s thriving smaller cities. There are many to choose from, but I will head back to your Midwest and visit Lincoln, Nebraska, which is one of the strongest growing small cities, and see how its state university adds to the local economy. Or perhaps Sioux City, South Dakota, whose lower taxes and reduced regulations helps nurture local businesses.

“Maybe we can get some of Japan’s larger companies to consider moving out of Tokyo and to our medium-size cities, if we can learn how parts of America’s heartland continue to attract skilled labor, smaller tech startups, and corporate headquarters. Maybe that will help us grow small business, as well. It may not be a perfect fit with our local economies, but I know that seeing vibrant small American cities will give me ideas for Japan’s.

“I may not visit your most famous cities on this trip, and I won’t be heading to places that give the best photo-ops. But the vibrant nature of America’s economy, from New York to South Dakota, is based on that special combination of individual freedom and entrepreneurial spirit. I know that your energy and dynamism comes not from this city, not from the federal government, but from local economies, small businesses, and educated citizens.

“And just maybe, a Japanese leader visiting your most innovative and economically active areas will remind the members of this Congress and the rest of the American government of just what is unique about your country, and help you, too, to ensure that it is not suffocated by an ever-intrusive, growing national government.

“Maybe, in fact, we can work on that goal together, in both our great countries.”

Now, that would be a trip worth covering.

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