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Abe Confident of Trust Relationship with Trump (News)

New York, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—After his first meeting with Donald Trump in New York on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed his confidence that he can build a relationship of trust with the next president of the United States. “I was able to have heart-to-heart, candid talks,” Abe told reporters after the meeting, which was held for about one and a half hours at Trump Tower, …
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The Fate of Japan’s Alliance with Donald Trump’s AmericaTeshima Ryūichi

The 2016 US presidential election came down to the wire, but ended with Donald Trump picked over Hillary Clinton as the next leader of the United States. The Japan-US alliance has been shaken by Trump’s campaign statements. What must be done now to keep it—and regional affairs—stable and strong?
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Uncertainty in Japan as Trump Wins the White House

The stunning victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election sent shockwaves rippling through Japan. Many in the country are anxious over the strong protectionist overtones and divisive rhetoric in his campaign to “make America great again” and his repeated promise to rethink security agreements. Trump’s ascent to the White House has cast a pall on the course of Japan-US relations and ther…
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Abe, Trump to Hold First Meeting in New York on November 17 (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump agreed in telephone talks on Thursday that they will hold their first meeting in New York on Nov. 17. Abe and Trump also agreed to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. relationship. The phone talks were held at the request of the Japanese side, following Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential…
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Cai Guo-Qiang Makes a “Homecoming” to JapanDemura Kōichi (Text)/Izumiya Gensaku (Photographs)

Weaving motifs from Chinese culture, history, and thought, Cai Guo-Qiang began creating gunpowder drawings while living in Japan. What does the country mean for this world-leading contemporary artist?
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Making Waves: Chinese Response to the South China Sea CaseKōda Yōji

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against Chinese actions in the South China Sea. During the previous month, China carried out a number of low-level provocations in the East China Sea in an attempt to distract global attention.
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Japan and the Next US President: Thinking the UnthinkableNakayama Toshihiro

With the US presidential primaries winding down, people around the world are struggling to come to grips with the all-but-certain outcome, particularly that on the Republican side. Nakayama Toshihiro, an expert in US politics and Japan-US relations, reflects on the foreign-policy implications for both countries.
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President Obama Visits Hiroshima: A Selection of Related Content

Barack Obama became the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. The city is now a standard-bearer for the antinuclear movement, and locals hope that the visit can spur on disarmament efforts. Discover the city from many angles through the selection of content below.
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The Geostrategic Significance of the TPP Agreement for the Asia-PacificShiraishi Takashi

On October 5, 2015, at a meeting in Atlanta, the trade ministers from 12 countries—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam—reached an “agreement in principle” on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP, in addition to providing for the elimination of tariffs as under a traditional free trade agreement, cover…
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Maintaining Peace in the South China SeaBonnie S. Glaser

China’s terraforming activities and territorial claims in the South China Sea have unnerved its neighbors in the region. The United States has made freedom of navigation operations near the Spratly Islands part of its strategy to address Chinese actions; they must be combined with diplomacy, as well as cooperation among America and its partners, to be truly effective.
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