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Trump calls for Japan to shoulder more of the cost of U.S. forces

NHK reported this morning that Republican presidential candidate Trump delivered a foreign policy speech on Wednesday in Washington, during which he stressed that U.S. allies, including Japan, should pay more of the cost for U.S. forces stationed in their countries. Trump was quoted as saying: “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense. If not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.” The Republican frontrunner also reportedly criticized the Obama administration by saying that its foreign policy has weakened America’s economy and the military, and pledged that he will put American interests first if elected president. The network said he repeatedly criticized Obama’s foreign policy in an apparent attempt to criticize Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, Trump also emphasized the importance of rebuilding U.S. relations with Russia and China. Fuji-TV and TV-Asahi carried similar stories.


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