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Abe mum on U.S. immigration order out of deference to President Trump

Kyodo wrote that Prime Minister Abe on Monday did not make any specific comment on President Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration probably to avoid displeasing the U.S. leader ahead of their bilateral meeting scheduled for Feb. 10 in Washington. The wire service quoted a diplomatic source as saying: “Japan wants to avoid making waves prior to the summit as much as possible.” Pointing out that many European leaders have voiced strong opposition to the executive order, the article said the premier’s “wait-and-see” attitude may give the impression that the Abe administration is treating human rights issues lightly and that he may be criticized for failing to follow through with the basic principle of his diplomacy to respect universal values including human rights.  

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