At 13:34 the motorcade pulled into the PM's residence in Tokyo. A tight pool was brought into a meeting room downstairs, featuring two American and two Japanese flags.
The US delegation included Wilber Ross and Andrea Thompson.
VPOTUS and Abe shook hands and then Abe opened remarks. He offered Pence a "wholehearted welcome" to Japan and said the visit was "extremely timely" given events on the Korean Peninsula.
"Through your visit my hope is to send a clear message that the robust bond between our alliance is unwavering."
Abe emphasized the need for a peaceful solution to the North Korea crisis saying "it is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well as peaceable settlements of the issue."
"At the same time dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and is necessary for us to exercise pressure."
"Japan certainly values your stance that all options are on the table."
VPOTUS said: "I bring greetings on behalf of your friend the President of the United States."
He added "The alliance between the United States and Japan is he cornerstone of peace and security in North East Asia"
In the face of security threats, VPOTUS said "We are with you 100%."
"President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea with all our allies in the region, and with China, to achieve a peaceable solution and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan" he said. "But as you know peace comes through strength."
Re the commencement of US-Japan economic dialogue, "I look forward to announcing a framework" for that dialogue with deputy PM today.