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Trump in Japan: Can America Address Its Strategic Shortcomings?Teshima Ryūichi

US President Donald Trump kicked off his tour of Asian nations with his first visit to Japan, a vital ally to the United States. Summit meetings with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō produced agreement on the need for a stronger alliance to pressure North Korea and forge a free, open Indo-Pacific region. But can a fading American presence in the face of China’s rise be reversed?

Japan Adopts Additional Sanctions on North Korea (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday additional sanction measures it will impose on its own against North Korea, freezing the assets of 35 organizations and individuals linked to the country. By expanding the scope of its unilateral sanctions, Japan is aiming to cut off financial sources for research and development activities or inflows of…

Abe, Trump Agree to Maximize Pressure on North Korea (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and visiting US President Donald Trump agreed Monday to boost efforts to put maximum pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile development. "The two of us were able to show the rest of the world the unshakeable Japan-US alliance," Abe said at a joint press conference held after their 90-minute talks at the State Gues…

Trump Mulling First Visit to Japan as President in November (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)—US President Donald Trump is considering visiting Japan in early November to hold talks with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, informed sources said Wednesday. Tokyo and Washington are arranging Trump's visit to Japan, a Japanese government source said. It would be the first time for Trump to visit the Asian country since he took office in January. In their envisaged ta…

Japan Alarmed by Increasing US–North Korea Tensions (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government has been alarmed by increasing tensions amid a bitter war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea over the reclusive state's missile development program. Tokyo will discuss with Washington how to deal with the crisis while strengthening its vigilance and surveillance activities, informed sources said. "We are on full aler…

Can the Japan-US Alliance Survive the Trump Presidency?Nakayama Toshihiro

US President Donald Trump managed to assuage Japanese security anxieties during Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s visit last February. But political scientist Nakayama Toshihiro cautions that Trump’s America-first approach could undermine the foundations on which Japan and the United States have built their bilateral security partnership.

Misguided Neomercantilism Threatens Japan-US RelationsTani Sadafumi

After two decades of relative tranquility in Japan-US economic relations, President Donald Trump seems determined to embark on a politically motivated trade crusade. Recalling the “Japan bashing” of the late 1980s and early 1990s, veteran economic journalist Tani Sadafumi questions the efficacy of this hardline bilateral approach and warns of its dangers.

How Trump Policies Affect the Japanese EconomyItoh Motoshige

Since Donald Trump’s election as US president, expectations of his economic policies have pushed up stock prices, interest rates, and the dollar. Economic expert Itoh Motoshige examines the significance of these policies for Japan.

Abe Seeks Trump’s Leadership Role in World (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Tuesday that he urged US President Donald Trump to play a leadership role in the international community during their latest summit. "The world will be in confusion and uncertainty will grow further unless the US president fulfills a role as a leader of the free world," Abe told a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeti…

When Trumpism Met the East Asian WallTeshima Ryūichi

In his summit with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, President Donald Trump shifted his East Asian security and diplomatic policy back toward the standard course set by his predecessors. Journalist Teshima Ryūichi takes a look at what Trump’s promises to defend the Senkakus and adhere to the “one China” policy mean for the East Asian diplomatic scene.

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