All networks led with reports on the first meeting between Prime Minister Abe and President-elect Trump at the Trump Tower in New York starting at 7 a.m. Japan time. NHK said although the Trump side proposed a dinner, the Japanese side is likely to turn down the request given that PM Abe’s counterpart is still President Obama. An NHK reporter said the meeting will be focused on building bonds rather than talking about specific policies, adding that PM Abe is planning to give Trump a set of golf clubs as a present since they both enjoy playing golf. The reporter also said the premier is likely to explain that the bilateral alliance is essential for peace and stability in Asia and stress the importance of a fair free trade system such as the TPP.
Main front-page items in national papers included the planned meeting between Abe and Trump, yesterday’s discussions at the Lower House Commission on the Constitution, and an update on the scandal engulfing South Korean President Park.