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Close ties with President Trump give PM Abe greater weight in diplomacy

Nikkei wrote that in the wake of President Trump’s visit to Japan as a state guest, Prime Minister Abe will continue to be busy with diplomatic activities as he is meeting with five visiting foreign leaders, including Philippine President Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir, this week and is making arrangements to visit Iran in June. The paper wrote that there is the view in Japan that Abe’s close bonds with President Trump boost his weight in diplomacy, quoting a MOFA source as saying that the prime minister’s close ties with President Trump are a diplomatic asset for Japan.

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