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May 2016

Vietnam

Vietnam

Japan

Japan

President Obama traveled to Vietnam where he met with staff of the Embassy and U.S. consulate. This is the first US President to visit Ho Chi Minh City. He will also participate in a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall meeting. The president’s next stop will be to Japan. In Japan, he is expected to visit Hiroshima (where the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945).

Located in Southeastern Asia, Vietnam is slightly larger than New Mexico. Its climate is tropical in the south, monsoonal in the north. The rainy season runs from May to September; the warm, dry season runs from October to March. A low, flat delta exists in the south and north; the central section of the country has highlands; and the far north is mountainous. The natural resources of Vietnam include: phosphates, coal, manganese, rare earth elements, bauxite, chromate, offshore oil and gas deposits, and timber. Vietnam experiences occasional typhoons from May to January, with extensive flooding, especially in the Mekong River delta.

Japan is a chain of islands located in Eastern Asia, slightly smaller than California. The climate varies from tropical in the south to cool and temperate in the north. Japan's terrain is mostly rugged and mountainous. Fish is one of its greatest natural resources. Japan has many dormant and some active volcanoes; about 1,500 seismic events occur every year. Tsunamis and typhoons are also major natural hazards faced by Japan.

CIA World Factbook; White House, 5/2016; 5/2016

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