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Japan’s First Lady raises doubts about next U.S. leader

Asahi took up yesterday’s speech at Kyoto University by PM Abe’s wife Akie Abe, who commented on the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race by saying: “I wonder if it was a good thing that Mr. Trump won in a ‘fun’ election.” The Japanese First Lady made this remark in response to a question from a local high student, who asked if she has any suggestions to make Japan’s elections livelier like the U.S. presidential race. She clarified the controversial statement later by telling the press: “I didn’t know the press was there, and it was a careless remark…. I would like to establish a rapport with Mr. Trump. As the U.S. wields enormous power in the world, I don’t think he will do anything unusual. Japan may need to exercise its own influence so as to prevent [the Trump administration] from running amok.”

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