Trump is calm, Abe is concerned

Tuesday, 28 May, 2019 - 14:01
The results of the visit of the US leader to Japan

During his four-day visit in Tokyo, which started with golf and a sumo tournament and continued Monday with a formal visit to Japan's new Emperor and empress, Donald Trump discussed several issues with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

President Trump launched meeting with Shinzo Abe with a reassuring tweet about adversary: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. He wrote, that some fired off by North Korea “small weapons <…>disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me”. Abe does not fully share Trump`s position on this issue. Although prime minister told that recent tests had “no immediate impact on Japan’s security,” he also would like the UN response to North Korea to be more decisive. However, Trump's position on this issue, which he confirmed on May 27 at a joint press conference, suggests that Abe will have to look elsewhere for support.

Trade has also become an important point of discussion at the press conference. After exit from the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, both countries have yet to agree on a bilateral trade agreement. The president showed an optimistic view, saying: “With this deal we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to United States exports and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship. And we’re getting closer.” Earlier in May Trump framed the Japanese auto industry by statement that imported vehicles pose a threat to national security. It happened shortly afteras the Trump administration announced a six-month hold on new tariffs that would negatively affect the Japanese auto sector.

Trump also said the US wasn't yet ready to make a trade deal with China, but then added that he hoped to reach an agreement in the future.

On Monday Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, was greeted by the emperor and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The US leader later called this meeting a great honor. Trump was the first world leader to meet with the emperor Naruhito in his new post, which he inherited from his father, Emperor Akihito, after the abdication.

Though the attention of many social network users was not focused on Trump during the visit. The image of the new empress Masako, multilingual former diplomat and Harvard graduate, chatting in English with Mr. Trump suggested to some that she will be able to use her diplomatic skills to help advance Japan’s soft power on the world stage.