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What everyone wants at the Trump-Kim summit

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The abduction issue be resolved if Japan adopted a reconciliatory and apologetic attitude towards its war crimes. It's literally the only thing that North Korea, South Korea, China, Taiwan all agree on.

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What everyone wants at the Trump-Kim summit

A hamberder eating contest with these two clowns.

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The abductees issue is a heavy burden draging behind Mr.Abe's diplomacy now!

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Playing with the BIG boys and making sure his ratings don't drop

What are you talking about? Ratings? I guarantee you that Kim gets better "ratings" in NK thank Abe or Trump combined!

If you think he is worried one bit about how the average NK citizen thinks about him you need to educate yourself about the country!

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Here goes Kim..again, showing off to his subordinates that he's the man. Playing with the BIG boys and making sure his ratings don't drop. Another circus show...again, for the world to foolishly contemplate. The old broken record!

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Japan's abduction issue is a non issue until Japan owns up to its own war atrocities and abduction of 5.4 million Koreans forced into slave labor during WWII. Japan's unrepentant attitude prevents any sort of genuine effort in helping out abducted Japanese nationals.

So, you are connecting to totally separate issues, one from WWII when Korea was still a Japanese colony, and one led by a communist dictator well over 30 years following the war.

Let's not forget too that the Japanese government settled the war related issues back in the 60's too!

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What everyone wants at the Trump-Kim summit

A fist fight between the two clowns?

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Japan's abduction issue is a non issue until Japan owns up to its own war atrocities and abduction of 5.4 million Koreans forced into slave labor during WWII. Japan's unrepentant attitude prevents any sort of genuine effort in helping out abducted Japanese nationals.

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Let Korean War be over. That's good to stop bloody confrontation between the same ethnic, the same culture, speaking the same language, although they presumably hoped, to help lessen their complex as the ones having been tossed about by the powerful neighbors through it's history, especially China, to break the 38° wall by their own hands like Germans did. Yet it's got nothing to do with Japan normalizing diplomatic relationship, not mention economic cooperation based on humanitarian grounds. Japan has her own agenda and the issues to be solved first. I hope the peninsula would prosper as a new super economic rising dragon as Jim Rodger bluffs by the united Korea-s, which would be the only hope that they stop fabricating the history and carrying the Korean hwabyeong on over Japan.

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socrateos, Northeast Asia has been peaceful in the past 80 years, and Northeast Asians enjoy freedom and democracy and the best civilization in the world: Confucianism.

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It will never be over until the families here in Japan are reunited with their children, or that there is DNA level proof of their deaths.

You are tight Yubaru, the families deserve closure.

But I think that it is really a matter for Japans foreign office to be dealing with, in conjunction with usual diplomatic protocol between Japan and NK.

I hope that it gets resolved.

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Akie:

I just want a peaceful and prosperous Northeast Asia. I am not everyone.

No peace without freedom. No freedom without democracy. So you know what's preventing peace in NE Asia.

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There's worry about reports that Trump may seek an agreement that only partially targets North Korea's missile program — for example, that would scrap the North's long-range nuclear missiles aimed at the United States and leave in place its shorter-range missiles.

But that's exactly what Trump has in store.

For shorter range missiles, Abe has to cut a separate deal with Kim by promising a $25 billions in colonial era compensations.(Comfort women and forced labor, damages from illegal occupation)

But personally, this is pointless, it is not just NK missiles that are pointed at Tokyo, but Chinese, ROK, and Russian missiles too.

Japan would be better off spending $25 billion on a proper nationwide missile defense than the $2.5 billion Aegis Ashore.

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wonder if Trump will be off to Marlago for a round of golf and chocolate cake after?

Of course! And 2 scoops of ice cream!

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I just want a peaceful and prosperous Northeast Asia. I am not everyone.

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wonder if Trump will be off to Marlago for a round of golf and chocolate cake after?

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It is a fake issue promoted by an immoral leader. NK has pronounced the issue closed repeatedly. This all dates back to the 1970s, 40 years ago. Pure insanity this is in 2019. Makes Japan look like rubes on the world stage.

Wow, and you take NK's word on it alone to make a statement like this?

It will never be over until the families here in Japan are reunited with their children, or that there is DNA level proof of their deaths.

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On the abduction issue it has been ten years now and Abe has done nothing after cynically using these families to become PM the first time. It is a fake issue promoted by an immoral leader. NK has pronounced the issue closed repeatedly. This all dates back to the 1970s, 40 years ago. Pure insanity this is in 2019. Makes Japan look like rubes on the world stage.

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 the wishy-washy language they settled on in Singapore

What professional reporter or journalist using language like this in regards to a summit between 2 world leaders? I know it:s Trump and Kim, and Trump sounds like a two year old sometimes, but no reason for a professional should be copying!

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Stop leading these people on Abe! You keep asking America to do your own work... just move on!

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The other day in the U.S. where Trump was saying that North Korea can become one of the most powerful countries in the world if they worked with the U.S.

That probably means denuclearization is off the table for Trump.

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If Trump ends the Korean War, then he deserves the peace prize. We’ve been on a really long cease fire.

Right now, Japan needs a lot from this summit. Currently it is falling behind on relations with the rest of Asia.

At the end of the day, I think Kim is trying to stop his primarily reliance on China. China has too much power over North Korea and he doesn’t like that.

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AGAIN? I guess he's meeting them again to assure them that his forced nomination of Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize won't get in the way of his 50th vow to resolve the issue, though of course if Trump says there is peace on the Peninsula and NK's crimes are all forgotten Abe will stand behind Trump then ask them to come visit again so he can vow to resolve the issue.

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salaku, agreed. The Kim regime is likely the globe's most odious. Really, of the above items, it's only China's wishes that carry weight - and China is quite willing to use that weight to influence other negotiations. Notice how Trump's trade war with China has remarkably cooled despite no change in China's behavior. Quid pro quo.

But Kim will never give up his nuclear program.

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Kim is clearly doing something different than his dictator father and grandfather.

Tell that to the slaves who are eating rats to survive, or giving up their friends/parents, resulting in their lineage being executed for treason.

As a newspaper you're morally bound to not spew this kind of crap.

Like really? What kind of bubble do these guys live in.

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lets be honest , all they want is good food and drink and good photo ops... nothing else

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