Abe and Trump: Shared Interests, Uncertain Ground

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The uncertainty surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy platform caused a sense of unease in Japan over the future of cooperation with the U.S. on economic and security issues, though a subsequent meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe established a personal rapport that bodes well. The Cipher Brief spoke with Nicholas Szechenyi, Deputy Director of the Japan Chair at CSIS, to understand what uncertainties still remain.

TCB: President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently met in New York. How has this meeting been received in Japan, and how far did it go to assuaging some of Japan’s feelings about a Trump presidency?

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