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Japan hopes to strengthen ties with U.S. after midterm elections

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe built rapport with Republican President Donald Trump even before his inauguration in January 2017.

"Built a rapport?" If folks remember, about 2 years ago it seemed like Abe was in a rush to be first in line to kiss Trump's butt, rather than build a rapport. There was even talk about how people expected that Abe was going over to the US to "teach" Trump or "guide" Trump in the way of being a leader.

How soon writers forget!

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Yawn

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Really glad the Republicans increased their Senate seats. Will make judicial appointments much easier.

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Really glad the Republicans increased their Senate seats. Will make judicial appointments much easier.

pathetic excuse for Trump's loss to the Dems, he no longer has the power to bulldoze BS legislation through the house and senate, he now has oversight over his actions. and that ladies and gents is how a real democracy works. Elections have consequences , Obama

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Restoring a measure of checks and balances to the federal government should help make American foreign policy less insane.

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Good diplomacy on Japan's side -- make a positive statement about the outcome, and hope to make last minute changes to a contract minutes before the deal is sealed.

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1Glenn:

It is good to have more checks and balances. Unfortunately, the presidency has de facto control over warmaking (e.g. drone strikes/troops into sovereign states). Sure, congress can withhold funds or other measures through war powers act, but then congress will be accused of not supporting the troops. Either way, both parties stand for near the same thing in foreign policy...Trump is different, but is tempered by the republicans (remember what he said about getting out of NATO?).

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The minor changes in the legislative branch will do little to contain Narcissus J. Trumpnocchio’s disfunctional administration.

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"There was even talk about how people expected that Abe was going over to the US to "teach" Trump or "guide" Trump in the way of being a leader."

Har!

"that ladies and gents is how a real democracy works"

We're not a democracy, we're a republic.

"Restoring a measure of checks and balances to the federal government..."

All the Democrats in the House are going to do is "resist" and obstruct the president on virtually every everything, slowing down progress we've been making. The only agenda they have is regaining power for themselves and make most of us dependent on the government.

"... should help make American foreign policy less insane."

Lessee... no new wars... ISIS decimated... better trade deals negotiated with Mexico, Canada and the EU... insane!

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We're not a democracy, we're a republic.

and yet you still elect your representaives through voting. maybe we can make Trump the supreme executive order Republic he so desperately desires.

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Strengthening ties to the US will only result in tragedy.

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For those that need:

Republic = representative democracy where the head of state is chosen, usually via elections, rather than inherited as in a monarchy (US, Germany).

Democracy = system of govt where citizens decide the laws.

Rrepresentative Democracy = system of govt where citizens elect representatives to decide the laws. Two common forms are parliamentary (UK, Germany) and presidential (US, Venezuela).

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juminRhee

For those that need:

Republic = representative democracy where the head of state is chosen, usually via elections, rather than inherited as in a monarchy (US, Germany).

Democracy = system of govt where citizens decide the laws.

Rrepresentative Democracy = system of govt where citizens elect representatives to decide the laws. Two common forms are parliamentary (UK, Germany) and presidential (US, Venezuela).

Unfortunately Venezuela can no longer be told that it is a democracy. With a congress in contempt, and an unconstitutional national constituent assembly elected in fraudulent and illegal elections.

You can't even tell him it's a republic anymore. Just a circus in disguise to simulate what it really is. A cruel dictatorship.

Comparing the U.S. with Venezuela is a bad joke. In any case, it would be to compare the US with France. That it is the country of reference for American democracy.

My country Spain. It is a democracy in the form of a constitutional monarchy. With two legislative chambers. A congress and a senate. In fact, it is a political system identical to the Japanese one.

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Strengthening ties to the US will only result in tragedy.

Strengthening ties with the U.S.A. will allow your country to continue to prosper and not get swallowed up by China and Korea.The tragedy is many Japanese don't understand how the U.S. has kept Japan propped up and growing for such a long time.

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Dougthehead13:

Fair enough for Venezuela, nut France is a semi-presidential republic, not a full presidential republic. Another example of a presidential republic is Brazil. And, by the way, the US is the only presidential republic that has not yet devolved into dictatorship at some point in its history. Switzerland is a collegial republic (collective executive that cannot fire each other and must get majority vote to put policy into effect).

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