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Trump to meet Japan's Abe to improve ties

10 Feb 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

President Donald Trump hosted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at the White House later today and they would then play golf together on Saturday.

The meeting is crucial for both the countries.

They plan to discuss job creation, Japanese investment and the US military commitment to Japan in the backdrop of an increasingly assertive.

In context: US-Japan ties under Trump

31 Mar 2016Japan's Abe responds to Trump's comments on nuclear weapons

Donald Trump proposed the US pull its troops from Japan and South Korea, with nuclear weapons taking their place.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, countered saying, "Whoever will become the next president of the United States, the Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of Japan's diplomacy."

Trump has also said South Korea must pay more for US protection.

17 Nov 2016Japan's Abe says he has confidence in Trump after meeting

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe held a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York.

He said the meeting left him "convinced that Mr. Trump is a leader with whom I can have great confidence in."

Abe added that his conversation with Trump was cordial and built confidence which is crucial for the US-Japan alliance's functioning.

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10 Feb 2017Trump to meet Japan's Abe to improve ties

ExplainedWhy Abe's visit matters

Trump has been feuding with US allies around the world, including Australia and Mexico.

A positive outcome from Abe's visit would help reassure other allies and improve Trump's image on the world stage.

Abe is attempting to forge personal ties with Trump to allay Tokyo's security fears after it was left rattled by Trump's bitter election campaign rhetoric on Japan.

DetailsTrump will 'dispel' any doubts over US-Japan defence ties

An American official said Trump will try to reassure Japan of US' commitment to the country following Defence Secretary James Mattis's trip there last week.

Mattis had said the US would continue to station its troops in Japan.

The official said Trump "will go a long way toward dispelling any doubts that remain."

Trump was critical of the US-Japan alliance during his election campaign.

11 Feb 2017Trump reaffirms US-Japan alliance "cornerstone of peace"

US President Donald Trump called the US-Japan alliance the "cornerstone of peace" in the Pacific following his meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in the White House.

Trump said the US was committed to "the security of Japan" and that both countries would promote freedom of navigation, in a reference to China's territorial claims.

Abe stressed the importance of stronger economic and trade ties.

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12 Feb 2017Trump says US condemns North Korea missile test

US President Donald Trump reiterated the US's condemnation of North Korea's ballistic missile test. He added that the "United States of America is behind Japan, our great ally, 100%."

Trump was briefed on the launch, which is believed to be a show of strength against the US stance on North Korea.

The White House is reportedly monitoring the situation.

Melania, Akie tour Japanese gardens

While Trump was hosting Shinzo Abe, US First Lady Melania Trump visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Palm Beach, Florida, with Akie Abe, the wife of Japan's Prime Minister.

13 Feb 2017Dollar rises against Yen after Trump-Abe meet

The successful Trump-Abe meeting saw the Dollar rise against the Yen, as Asian markets ticked up amid optimism over Trump's proposed tax reforms.

Both sides clarified that currency issues were not discussed at the meeting and Trump did not ask for a bilateral trade deal with Japan.

Officials are now awaiting the US-Japan economic dialogue which is being worked out.