Asahi reported on an apparent rift between President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson that was disclosed by an NBC report saying that the Secretary was on the verge of resigning this past summer due to policy differences with the President. The paper wrote the GOJ is becoming increasingly concerned about the apparent rift within the Trump administration despite the Secretary’s immediate denial of the report. According to the paper, there is concern within the GOJ that the Secretary’s positive stance on the idea of seeking dialogue with North Korea could undermine policy coordination between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea to ratchet up the pressure on Pyongyang. According to an unnamed MOFA source, the ministry is making arrangements with the U.S. side to invite Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan to visit Tokyo in mid-October to reconfirm the unity between the U.S. and Japan.
Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei also reported on the apparent schism between President Trump and Secretary Tillerson, with Yomiuri saying that there is speculation among U.S. media outlets that Ambassador to the UN Haley is being considered as a potential successor to Secretary Tillerson.