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Japanese Foreign Policy in the Trump Era

It might seem promising that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States President Barack Obama this month. But both events actually presage an uncomfortable, potentially destabilizing time for Japan – and all of East Asia – now that the Donald Trump era has arrived.

TOKYO – December will be a month of reconciliation for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as he meets with leaders from two countries that fought Japan in World War II: the United States and Russia.