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Trump’s World-Leader Buddy Is Starting to Regret It

Posted April 02, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(William Pesek – Politico)

Japan’s Shinzo Abe probably embraced Donald Trump faster, and with more warmth, than any other foreign leader after the reality-TV star shocked the world with his upset victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Now, he’s having buyer’s remorse.

On March 25, the Japanese prime minister lunched with Barack Obama in Tokyo, setting off warm reminiscences of their “sushi summits” in the local press. For Abe, the reunion was the political equivalent of comfort food.

The 14 months since Trump stomped into the White House have been a different kind of raw for the Japanese establishment—and increasingly unappetizing for a government that prizes strong U.S. ties above any other relationship. Click here to read more.

Related: Abe Struggles to Remain Relevant as Events Bypass Tokyo (Asia Times)