Nov. 12 - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda lays wreath and pays respects at veteran's cemetery in Hawaii. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda paid his respects at Hawaii's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Saturday before meeting with other world leaders as part of the APEC summit. The cemetery is the burial place for 34,000 thousand U.S. veterans, and includes nearly 800 casualties from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Prime Minister Noda announced on Friday in Tokyo that the world's third-largest economy wants to join U.S.-led talks to forge a Transpacific Partnership among nine nations. Japan's readiness to join Asia-Pacific free trade talks gave momentum to global efforts to reinvigorate trade ties and boosted President Barack Obama's drive for U.S. leadership in the world's most economically dynamic region. The addition of Japan holds out the prospect of creating a huge regional market, around 40 percent bigger than the 27-nation European Union. Tokyo's move marked a breakthrough in Washington's efforts to seize the initiative from Beijing, which has made deep economic inroads in the region.