Japan's Prime Minister has visited several countries in the Eastern Europe:
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned from an official visit to Romania, wrapping up a five-day tour of three Baltic and three Eastern European countries. Abe toured six countries over five days — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania — seeking to bolster political diplomacy and bilateral business links in the region as well as addressing regional security issues.
About a month earlier, Japan and EU finalized Economic Partnership Agreement
Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono announced today the successful conclusion of the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
About one year ago, Trump withdrawn from Trans-Pacific Partnership:
Donald Trump has begun his effort to dismantle Barack Obama’s legacy, formally scrapping a flagship trade deal with 11 countries in the Pacific rim.
Japan's Prime Minister reaction was that TPP without US does not make sense:
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said a TPP without the US - and its market of 250 million consumers - would be "meaningless".
When Shinzo Abe visited Romania, some local analysts argued that this historical visit (first time visit from a Japanese high official in some of the countries) is related to US withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership. However, I could not find any reference to sustain this. It makes sense, since Japan might feel that it has to compensate US boycott of TPP.
Question: Are Japan's Prime Minister visits in Eastern Europe and Economic Partnership Agreement related to US withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership?