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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…
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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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Abe, Trump Play 27 Holes of Golf Together (News)

Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō played golf with US President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday, in another round of diplomacy intended to build a personal relationship of trust following their first summit in Washington on Friday. Abe and Trump played 18 holes at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter in the morning near Trump's Mar-a-Lago …
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Japan, United States to Launch New Economic Dialogue (News)

Washington, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and US President Donald Trump agreed Friday to launch a new dialogue scheme to discuss ways to expand investment and employment in the United States, as well as trade between the two countries. The agreement came in line with the new president's "America first" policy with emphasis on boosting infrastructure development and cre…
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Attack Capabilities Hot Topic in Japan after Trump Inauguration (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)—Whether Japan should acquire capabilities to conduct preemptive strikes on enemy bases is becoming a hot topic in the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party after US President Donald Trump's inauguration. Concerned that Trump may reduce the US military involvement in the defense of Japan, some officials and politicians propose enhancing their country's ow…
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1917 Revisited? The International Order in the Trump EraHosoya Yuichi

How will the stunning political events of last year affect the international order in 2017? Splits in the Republican Party may make it difficult for Donald Trump’s new government to develop a coherent foreign policy. Japan must be patient and flexible in dealing with the incoming US administration.
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An Expanding Role for Japan: An Interview with Admiral Dennis Blair

Developments including Chinese military buildup, the Brexit issue in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump as US President provide Japan with a range of challenges going forward. As Japan responds to these concerns, Admiral Dennis Blair sees the nation’s relationship with the United States remaining a bulwark in the Asia region and expects it to increasingly take a leading role in such areas as defense, diplomacy, and the world economy.
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US-China Relations Under the Trump Administration: A View from TokyoKawashima Shin

East Asia expert Kawashima Shin reviews America’s China policy under Obama and considers the prospects for relations between Washington and Beijing under Trump, along with the implications for Japan.
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Asia-Pacific Nations Agree on Close Cooperation with United States: Abe (News)

Hanoi, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Wrapping up his tour to four Asia-Pacific countries, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Monday that he has agreed with the leaders there to continue their close cooperation with the United States for peace and security in the region. Ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday, Abe expressed his willingness to hold talks with the new president…
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Trump and the Perils of Protectionism: Averting an Economic DisasterUrata Shūjirō

US President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to renegotiate free-trade agreements and impose punitive tariffs in order to protect American jobs. What are the likely consequences of such policies for international trade and the global economy, and how should Japan respond?
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