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Abe’s successor to face paramount challenges on diplomatic front

Mainichi ran a prominent article on Prime Minister Abe’s diplomatic accomplishments. The paper noted that most security and international affairs experts in the U.S. are appreciative that he has taken the lead in trying to maintain the postwar international order centering on democracy, free trade, and the rule of law while managing to establish a rapport with President Trump, whom the daily said has defied international coordination by pursuing an “America First” approach. While expressing the view that the Japanese leader managed to dissuade President Trump from taking a hard line toward Tokyo by capitalizing on their close personal bonds, the daily projected that Abe’s successor may be forced to walk a tightrope as Washington is likely to step up the pressure on Japan on such issues as host nation support.

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