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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.
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The G7 Summit: Japan’s Opportunity for Global LeadershipHosoya Yuichi

The Group of Seven foreign ministers’ meeting in Hiroshima this past April was a symbolic step toward nuclear disarmament and a milestone in Japanese diplomacy. But can the G7 leaders follow up on that performance with substantive agreements to shore up the global economy and protect the international order? Much will depend on Japan’s leadership, writes Hosoya Yuichi.
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Paving the Way for a Presidential Visit to Hiroshima

Remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry at the recent G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Hiroshima have kindled hopes for a historic presidential visit to the site of the world’s first atomic bombing. Miyama Hideaki, a veteran journalist and civic leader living in Hiroshima, talked to us about the meaning of such a visit and his own efforts to help bring it about.
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Abe’s Groundbreaking US VisitNakayama Toshihiro

While many pundits have pronounced Prime Minister Abe’s recent visit to the United States a qualified success, Nakayama Toshihiro argues that it broke new ground—not through the kind of personal rapport prized by previous Japanese prime ministers in their dealings with US presidents but through a shared commitment to the kind of frameworks needed to build a new global partnership.
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What the TPP Process Means to JapanYoshizaki Tatsuhiko

The Japanese government's decision to take part in talks over a Trans-Pacific Partnership has reignited internal debate over the potential pluses and minuses of a US-led free trade agreement. Economist Yoshizaki Tatsuhiko argues that the discussion will remain fruitless until both sides shift their focus from such hypothetical losses and gains to the fundamental importance of promoting free trade and participating in the rule-making process.
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