President Barack Obama is meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of an international summit in France.
As the meeting got under way, Obama told reporters that Japan will emerge "stronger than ever" after a massive earthquake and tsunami killed thousands in March and sparked fears of a meltdown at a nuclear plant. Kan thanked the U.S. for its assistance after the disaster.
It was their first meeting since the earthquake, though the two spoke by telephone several times in the days and weeks that followed.
The leaders are in France for a two-day summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations.