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Japan aiming for Abe-Kim summit in Russia in September

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-7 ( +6 / -13 )

"Getting strong support from Mr Trump, Japan is determined to face directly North Korea and settle the issue,"

Hahaha... meaning, I promised the abductees' kin I would resolve it, then begged Trump, who said nothing, so now I've actually got to try and do something myself.

"Abe will likely tell Kim that Japan is ready to settle the "unfortunate past" between the two countries, normalize bilateral ties and provide economic support,"

Yeah, just don't mention Japanese atrocities or the fact that there would have been no North/South split to begin with if Japan had not massacred more than 10 million across Asia with colonization. No mention of Japan's past, only what "happened to Japan".

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

How about calling things squarely what they are in a fair manner J-govt. ?

NK abductions are just that - abductions ...... so be fair and call the " unfortunate past" what it is " occupation and at times brutal rule of the Korean peninsula ". Face your past honestly for once.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Abe is more and more like an awkward boy trying to hang out with the cool kids.

I don't think he will get anything as the abductee are likely dead, or any trace of them is lost.

More likely Kim will just say "I'll see what I can do", to make him shut up, and Abe will claim it as a victory.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

Perhaps we can send Koizumi again.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

copycat

Exactly but what's a vassal state to do? Sovereignty being overrated and all. Imagine how humiliating it must be being a nationalist in Japan, toadying up to your benefactors all the time. LDP right-wingers who've spent lifetimes demonizing NK, only to be issued new talking pts. and marching orders.

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

This too seems like a good development.

Probably not too much rejoicing here though.

People seem to hate good news around here.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Tell them their loves one is dead! More than 49 years these so called abductees were unlikely living. And K.J. won't tell you how they decided. Don't use these poor families as political bargaining, it is very despicable!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The T clowns making fun again but also aware that some issues go beyond the capacity of their limited..... :)

2 ( +6 / -4 )

NK will ask for money again, promise to look into it. Then do nothing, just like 2015 under Abe's leadership.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I think the families know this was solely a photo-op for Abe. He has done nothing about this issue since day one other than to bow and ask the US government for consideration.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Great news.

While I am not a fan of Abe, no one should dislike this development.

I've always felt Abe should directly talk with Kim.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

People seem to hate good news around here.

Because they don't have their eyes wide shut like many people.Common sense inclined, know with the LDP election around the corner,Abe is looking to cling on to power by securing something concrete from Kim to enable victory.No need to be a mental heavyweight to understand that.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

US is making Japan to pay NK again.  How much kickbacks to US this time?

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Trump does, Abe does. Trump doesn't, Abe doesn't. Trump laughs, Abe laughs. Trump gets thrown in jail, Abe  ̶g̶e̶t̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶j̶a̶i̶l̶ changes the subject.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Abe can be the toughest guy to show some results of abductees but I feel it's more for his reputation in this next election. Just to think KJU at that summit in Russia a very strict confrontation with Abe for his govt. put very hard hurdles against NK before DT/KJU meeting. Let's only guess KJU will reject this abduction subject to be case closed or for few abductees who stay alive, how much KJU will negotiate the ww2 "unfortunate past"? how much Abe is ready to pay from the Japanese taxpayers what KJU wants. Abe is losing a lot from the start and probably Japanese citizens have to sacrifice to remunerate NK requests, I guess much more than Abe expecting. Japan to pay first the ww2 war reparation and next the agreements of economic supports will be the worst scenario...

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

tinawatanabe: "US is making Japan to pay NK again. How much kickbacks to US this time?"

Sorry, but no one asked Abe to bend over and grab his ankles except Abe himself, eager to please Trump like NO other leader has been. None. Even NK is smarter on Abe and Trump on this one, and Abe is trying to follow Trump yet again. I think that's what's got a lot of right-wingers upset even though it's Abe's 15th time vowing to these people to solve their plight. Koizumi was far more open-minded and progressive on the issue, and look where his dealings with NK landed him (despite getting some abductees back) -- forced him to renege Japan's promises in less than a month after making them. Abe doesn't have the courage or conviction to go and meet Kim; he's just doing lip-service and praying things fall apart before then so he can blame everyone else.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

For Japan to provide economic support to a manipulative dictator--when it can't afford to take care of it's own aging population nor make available simple future-promoting efforts such as better childcare/workforce services--seems beyond idiotic.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@smithinJpaan agree with you 100% :-)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Wrong again, Abe. When can you make Japan first, not the last ? If you want to engage NK directly, you should go to NK directly, and meet Kim in NK, not in Russia, unless you are not allowed to visit the nation.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Wrong again, Abe. When can you make Japan first, not the last ? If you want to engage NK directly, you should go to NK directly, and meet Kim in NK, not in Russia, unless you are not allowed to visit the nation.

In these geopolitical games China clowns are losing track as well :)

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Abe was in Pyongyang in 2002 in the PM Koizumi entourage.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The road to PyongYang is via Beijiang!  Not using the abductees families for your political agenda,Mr.Abe! Your misleading the abductees family made you despicable, people in Japan has rational mentality understood those people were dead and you are using them!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Abe don't go, every leader who meets with this tyrant gives him legitimacy for his brutal and horrific regime! If the US wont show any signs of strength with South Korea then it falls to Japan to pick up the mantle. Stay in Tokyo, get the constitution re written build up your armed forces and be prepared! Fear the wolf in sheeps clothing!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

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