Facebook Vice President David Marcus is the face of the company's Libra digital currency, but the original driving force was a 26-year-old female corporate-development...Technologyread more
After a year of flooding, Midwest farmers face a stifling heat wave that's spreading across the U.S.Agricultureread more
There is no end in sight to the Boeing 737 Max grounding after two fatal crashes, prompting airlines to rethink their growth plans.Airlinesread more
A quarter of the S&P 500 companies report earnings next week, and that could buffet the market as investors await the July Fed meeting.Market Insiderread more
Iran's Revolutionary Guard claims a British tanker it still holds, Stena Impero, failed to follow international maritime rules.World Newsread more
Moving lots of data to a public cloud over the internet can take months or years. CNBC got an inside look at how AWS transfers data to the cloud for its clients.Technologyread more
The president also said he "offered to personally vouch" for Rocky's bail. Sweden, however, does not have a bail system.Politicsread more
CoinShares Chief Strategy Officer Meltem Demirors discusses Facebook's Libra project and its impact on the cryptocurrency market after testifying to the House Financial...Fast Moneyread more
Some 40% of Americans would struggle to come up with even $400 to pay for an emergency expense. Just how are so many Americans so short on cash? Blame debt.Personal Financeread more
Amazon hires Trump-allied lobbyist Jeff Miller as battle for Pentagon contract heats up.Politicsread more
In a series of tweets, the president addressed an unusual controversy stemming from a speech delivered Thursday by New York Fed President John Williams.Marketsread more
Executives at three top Japanese companies said officials had been in touch asking for investment numbers. Public investment institutions say the prime minister is also leaning on them to pledge tens of billions of dollars to U.S. infrastructure projects such as high-speed rail.
Mr Abe's extraordinary effort to bring gifts highlights his determination to forge a personal bond with the US president. He aims to gain influence over U.S. policy in Asia and head off tensions about trade or the cost of maintaining U.S. forces in Japan.
Mr Abe will arrive in the U.S. on Friday, accompanied by his finance, foreign and trade ministers. After a summit in Washington, he will spend Saturday playing golf with Mr Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
"The most important thing is to reconfirm the importance of the US-Japan relationship in politics, economics and security," said Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Japan's Keidanren business federation.
Given friction over trade and the yen, Mr Sakakibara urged Mr Abe to tell the president about the $400bn of direct investment and 1.7m jobs that he says Japanese companies support in the U.S. "We're contributing to the expansion of US exports and want to let him know that," he said.
The prime minister met Akio Toyoda, Toyota chief executive, last week to discuss Japan's car exports and U.S. manufacturing, after Mr Trump singled out the auto group for criticism over its plans for a new plant in Mexico.
Following the criticism, Toyota in January pledged to invest $10 billion in the U.S. over the next five years, including proposals to add 400 jobs at its plant in Princeton, Indiana.
Mr Trump in December welcomed a pledge by SoftBank, the Japanese technology conglomerate, to invest $50 billion in the U.S. over the next four years as part of the new tech mega-fund it is raising.
The U.S. president has also implied that Japan manipulates the value of the yen — a suggestion Mr Abe vehemently rejects.
Given that Mr Abe is only pulling together existing investment plans, some companies fear that rather than mollify the president, any pledge could become a baseline Japan has to exceed.
"Just because Donald Trump has been elected doesn't mean we immediately change our business plan," said one senior executive at a large Japanese manufacturer. "We can only invest in factories we actually need."
The second plank of Mr Abe's draft "U.S.-Japan growth and employment initiative" is the proposal for Japanese public investors to put money behind Mr Trump's plan for an infrastructure stimulus financed by tax credits.
Japanese support could take the form of export credits, loans from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation or purchases of infrastructure bonds via Japan's foreign exchange reserves. Although independent, the huge Government Pension Investment Fund has plans to invest in global infrastructure and could also be wrapped into any figure Mr Abe presents.
The prime minister is likely to push Japan's shinkansen high-speed rail technology for routes such as Dallas-Houston and Los Angeles-San Francisco. His repeated efforts to interest Barack Obama, the former president, in the shinkansen enjoyed little success. Gulf of Mexico ports are another potential target for investment.
One banker said he was concerned Mr Abe would make big pledges without addressing the obstacles. Infrastructure bond investors were concerned about US withholding taxes, the banker said.
"Buy American" rules on public investment are a further hurdle for efforts to export the shinkansen, but they will be hard for Mr Abe to raise given Mr Trump's focus on tougher trade restrictions and boosting manufacturing in the U.S.