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Japan eager to highlight personal bonds between PM Abe and President Trump

Nikkei took up an official GOJ announcement yesterday concerning President Trump’s upcoming “official working visit” to Japan starting on Nov. 5, conjecturing that Tokyo is anxious to call global attention to the strong bonds between Prime Minister Abe and President Trump with the goal of putting pressure on China and Russia to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. The article said that the Abe administration is pleased that the U.S. leader chose Japan as the first stop on his Asian itinerary and that there is a possibility that the U.S. leader will visit a Japanese destroyer with the premier in order to play up close collaboration between the SDF and the U.S. military. The daily added that the two officials will play golf together with a Japanese professional golfer in Saitama on the day of the President’s arrival, noting that since the golf course is close to Yokota AB and the Kantei, the GOJ has concluded that the recreational activity will not pose a problem in terms of crisis management.   

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