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

Asahi wrote Prime Minister Abe did not make any specific comment on President Trump’s executive order on immigration during a Diet session on Tuesday by saying that he would refrain from commenting on the immigration policy of the U.S. because it is an internal affair. The paper speculated that the premier has been keeping mum on the issue out of deference to the President ahead of their meeting on Feb. 10. The paper pointed out that Abe’s attitude marks a sharp contrast with European leaders such as German Chancellor Merkel, who openly criticized President Trump over his immigration policy. Yomiuri ran a report claiming that it is difficult for Japan to criticize the U.S. immigration policy because Japan accepts only a small number of refugees.

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