Trump in Japan: Rips Trade but Boosts Security Ties

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President Trump and Prime MInister Abe in Japan

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe both used Trump’s visit to Japan to bolster confidence in the U.S.-Japan alliance as the “cornerstone” of regional peace and security. Focus on the North Korean threat, as well as shared interests in the face of Chinese expansionism, allowed the two leaders to smooth over rough edges in the relationship – namely, economic and trade ties. The question remains whether the overtures of this visit are simply symbolic or set to be bolstered by specific policies or cooperative agreements.

  • Japan is the first foreign stop on Trump’s Asian tour, an important gesture for Tokyo showing that Trump is prioritizing the alliance.
  • Approximately 50,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan. Trump met with them and their Japanese counterparts upon his arrival Sunday.

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