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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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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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Japan Continues Work at US Base Relocation Site in Okinawa (News)

Nago, Okinawa Pref., Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Defense Ministry on Tuesday went ahead with work in preparation for the construction of a replacement facility for the US Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. The ministry's Okinawa Defense Bureau dropped large concrete blocks into the sea off the Henoko district in Nago, also in the southernmost prefecture, even thou…
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Kishida Vows to Build Close Ties with New US Government (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio expressed the government's eagerness on Friday to build close relations with the new US administration led by Donald Trump. "With protectionism and inward-looking leanings intensifying globally, international order based on the rule of law faces challenges," Kishida said in a foreign policy speech to a plenary meeting of the H…
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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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Ambassador Kennedy Leaves Japan (News)

Narita, Chiba Pref., Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)—US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy left Japan on Wednesday, after staying in the country for three years and two months. Kennedy arrived at Narita International Airport near Tokyo in the evening with her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, and others. "Bye! I'm going to miss you," she told reporters, as she entered the terminal building. Before boarding…
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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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