Japan Denies Pearl Harbor Remark by Trump

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is working hard to deny a U.S. news report that President Donald Trump cited the Pearl Harbor attack when severely criticizing Japan's economic policies during the bilateral summit in June.

The Japanese government is concerned that the report by The Washington Post on Tuesday could undermine Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's comments showing pride in strong U.S.-Japan relations.

"There is no such fact," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on Wednesday, when asked about whether the reported remark by Trump is true.

The comment contrasted with his reaction to a question on whether Japan and North Korea really held a secret meeting in Vietnam in July as reported in the paper. "I want to avoid making comments on each news report," Suga said.

According to the major U.S. daily, Trump voiced frustration when Abe visited the White House on June 7 to set out Japan's position before the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 12.

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