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Japan PM Shinzo Abe said he has ‘great confidence in Trump’

Japan PM Shinzo Abe said he has ‘great confidence in Trump’

Japan is welcoming the US President-elect, this week Shinzo Abe had a meeting with Donald Trump. The Japanese PM said he has ‘great confidence’ in the 45th leader of the United States. 

Japan PM Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump had the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York. According to the Japan official they had this conversation in a “warm atmosphere”. Ivanka Trump and her husband, media mogul Jared Kushner, also met with high-official from Japan.

Mr Abe described  their meeting as productive, he believes they can build a relationship of trust despite some of Mr Trump’s campaign rhetoric cast doubt over long-standing US alliances, including with Japan.

Japan and Donald Trump

Japan and the US has a long relationship story, which turns its next page, for the President-elect it was the first face-to-face with a world leader since November 8, 2016. The principal issue to be discussed more deeply is the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal,  Trump believes. Mr Abe strenuously supports TPP as a means of countering China’s growing economic strength.

In Japan, parliament has approved TPP deal, despite the likelihood that it would be cancelled when Mr Trump takes office.

Mr Trump has also said Japan needs to pay more to maintain US troops on its soil, and has floated the idea that Japan and South Korea should develop their own nuclear weapons to counter the threat from North Korean missiles.

Mr Abe said after the meeting:

‘”I do believe that without confidence between the two nations the alliance would never function in the future and as the outcome of today’s discussion I am convinced Mr Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence.’

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner also met Mr Abe, the daughter of the President-elect is starting her political career despite all her words she is not interested in it.

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner (2nd from right) also met Mr Abe