Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, poses with members of his cabinet at his official residence on Friday. From left: Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii, Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Abe, Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Photo: KYODO
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Abe talks with Trump on phone; praises his efforts in midterm elections

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in telephone talks Friday praised U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts in the midterm elections in which his Republican Party retained a majority in the Senate, the top government spokesman said.

Trump expressed appreciation for Abe's message and said he will continue to work together with the Japanese prime minister, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press conference.

Tuesday's elections delivered a divided Congress after the Democratic Party regained a majority in the House of Representatives.

"Frequent exchanges between the leaders, including this phone conversation, demonstrate the firm Japan-U.S. alliance," the spokesman said.

During the 10-minute talks initiated by Abe, the two leaders did not take up other issues such as trade and North Korea, Suga said.

Looking forward, Trump proposed holding telephone talks whenever necessary, according to a Japanese government source.

Touching on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's two-day trip to Japan from Monday for talks with Abe, Trump sought cooperation from the Japanese side, the source said.

During Pence's visit, the Japanese government is hoping to strengthen the Japan-U.S. partnership on North Korea's denuclearization and confirm the two countries' commitment to settling the issue of past abductions of Japanese nationals by the North in the 1970s and 1980s.

Pence will visit Japan ahead of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related meetings in Singapore and a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea which he will attend on behalf of Trump.

At a news conference held a day after the midterm elections, Trump called Abe "one of the people I'm closest with," but criticized Japan's trade surplus with the United States.

"I tell him all the time that Japan doesn't treat the United States fairly on trade," said Trump, adding, "They send in millions of cars at a very low tax. They don't take our cars."

The U.S. administration is expected to push Japan for increased market access for automobiles and farm products when the two governments start negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement possibly in mid-January.

The Japanese side is hoping to seek an amicable settlement of the trade issue by leveraging the strong ties between the two leaders.

Meanwhile, Trump said the United States is "in no rush" over denuclearization negotiations with North Korea in comments hours after the cancellation of a meeting scheduled for Thursday in New York between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterpart Kim Yong Chol.

The president said Washington will not lift sanctions unless Pyongyang takes responsive measures.

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Brown-nosing sycophant.

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Then Trump thanked him back for being a great friend and ally. Next day Trump jumps on Twitter and rips Japan/Abe for unfair trading. Same news, different day.

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The Japanese side is hoping to seek an amicable settlement of the trade issue by leveraging the strong ties between the two leaders.

Very strong ties between Abe's lips and Trump's cheeks.

Brown-nosing sycophant.

couldn't agree more. This is really bordering on the lines of pathetic.

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Men In Black, sleeping on the job

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Inspiring looking bunch.  Trump's "efforts" in Mid Terms certainly deserving of Funzo's praise.

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"I tell him all the time that Japan doesn't treat the United States fairly on trade," said Trump, adding, "They send in millions of cars at a very low tax. They don't take our cars."

Someone needs to educate Trump on economics. Japan's auto market is tiny and oversaturated compared to the states. You can't honestly expect to sell as many cars there as they do in the states. If American makers started making kei cars, maybe they would do better.

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'The Usual Suspects' seated.....

I suggest all and sundry take a closer look at the origin procedures and the customs and trade facilitation within the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

There are clear quotas based on a points system that allocate grants to companies that facilitate there supply chain within the USA .

https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/united-states-mexico-canada-agreement/united-states-mexico#

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How much hair dye was used in that photo?

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What a weird photograph!

A really unhappy bunch! It shows just how out of touch with their public they are. They can't even be bothered to smile for the camera!

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BertieWoosterToday 05:19 pm JST

What a weird photograph!

A really unhappy bunch! It shows just how out of touch with their public they are. They can't even be bothered to smile for the camera!

That kind of photo is pretty much the standard. I think they believe the public will see them as more authoritative and dignified if they all sit there looking constipated.

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Did Trump pretend he couldn't understand what Abe (or his translator) was saying?

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Abe was publicly dissing him in the Presidential election run up.

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Oh no!!

Abe kissing again Trump's rear end.

What a team.

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Went directly to comments on this. I knew would be more interesting than the article by far

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This photo reminds me so much of the lounge of an old people’s home I visited many years ago! All the old dears sat around the edge of the room in grumpy silence.

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PM Abe be like ‘yoku gambatta ne Don-chan’

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Aso looks PO-ed.

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Is that a wax-museum in the photo? Aso looks like he's taking his advice a few years back to the elderly (to solve the pension problem) a little more seriously these days.

Anyway, hope Abe remembers congratulating him on a good job when Trump either resigns for refusing to hand over his tax returns or is impeached.

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Three stooges, popeye and a traitor, ops, in the center.

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Why is this news? Abe calls Trump...

NEXT!

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Its funny but I can not see the big goldfish eyes of Abe, maybe it's the lack of light.

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Nothing wrong with PM Abe calling Trump on a great election result. They are very close and on the same page on many issues, for example Defense. The close relationship benefits Japan.

Well done Trump, Well Done!

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10 minutes talk ? Lied. For two people to talk, each get 5 minutes, then take translation time out, only 2.5 minutes left, then because delay across ocean, another 1 minute. Each person only got 1.5 minutes to talk, maximally. No wonder only one sentence message transmitted, no more than that.

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Ganbare Japan!Today 10:08 pm JST

Nothing wrong with PM Abe calling Trump on a great election result.

Which election result are you talking about?

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To praise the vile things Trump said at his segregated rallies is disgusting.

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"Hey, congratulations on not losing the whole shebang! Too bad you had to do it with blatant racism, and stoking hatred among your white supporters for everything not white. Don't worry, you can always fly to mother Russia if things get too hot for you in America!"

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so i'm paying tax to these disgusting looking lot? ...can't even be bothered to smile..

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Do you know that I could go down to the morgue, get 5 dead bodies , warm them up , put them in chairs.. and they would have more personality than these lot.

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Abe san would praise Trump even if Trump shot someone on the 5th avenue like he bragged before his presidency.

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he lost house representatives in midterm election so there is nothing to congratulate. this will definitely hurt gop.

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Was Abe wearing kneepads when he performed his (nationally humiliating) obligatory oral worship of the American psychopath?

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Lol what a sycophant.

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So Radio Taiso, started with touch your toes!

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Instead of "praising" Trump Abe should be taking him to task for the way he dissed the Japanese journalist who stood up at the last White House press tantrum to ask a question. Visibly rattled by the results of the midterms an irascible Trump brusquely asked: "Where are you from?" "Japan", he replied, whereupon a seething, stony-faced Trump turning away without answering his question, gave him the cold shoulder, muttering "Say hello to Shinzo". After this jaw-droppingly rude and unhinged performance from the orange lout from Queens what more proof do we need to acknowledge that Trump is daily demeaning the office of POTUS and must be removed from office ASAP.

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