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Abe to visit U.S. in April to discuss N Korea with Trump

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What's wrong with PM Abe going to the U.S. to debrief Trump about the meeting between NK and SK and to make sure Japan and U.S. are on the same page? Abe is closer to the situation and a more reliable ally than Moon.

But Abe also wants to make sure that Trump presses the abduction issue on behalf of Japan, not to make hasty agreements with North Korea and not downplay Abe's importance as the "peacebroker" between North Korea and South Korea. When a "gaijin" tries to broker a deal in Asia, you need a go-between and that's what Abe considers his role to be.

Wouldn't surprise me if Abe is lobbying for a "Nobel Peace Prize" after he's successful in bringing about "Peace" between North Korea and UN/US.

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bullfighter - that's probably true.

Abe certainly doesn't mention his "secret"obssession (he's written about it) with his lineage.

One reason is, in this free-flowing digital info world, a not so pretty picture would quickly emerge of the life, antics and questionable qualities of his beloved grandfather for example.

Better to let sleeping dogs lie, than wake up the new world media hounds.

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After visited Trump Mr.Abe should goto India to seek Modi's help to support Japan against NK presistent threats. India is obessed with Japan, sure they will help you if Mr.Abe thinks to get more secures!

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Bitter irony atop bitter irony for Abe, a man obsessed to no end with his family lineage and clearly wanting to more closely resemble his grandfather.

I suspect that those commenting here are far more obsessed with Abe's family lineage than Abe himself is. They certainly mention it far more than Abe does.

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Sanction is working. NK and SK are in direction of reunification. Japan needs to stay away now. United Korea may convince Trump something else against Japan.

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Unless Abe is contributing towards denuclearisation and peace in the Korean peninsula, he should stay out of this.

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The views of some of the people commenting on here is the reason why Japan has to have a strong and independent military again. Taking it's security into it's own hands. Trump is like one of this trolls posting hate, instead he uses Twitter.

No one will defend Japan better then Japanese themselves. Relying on the US is like reading the comment section on Japan. Bias, and hateful, while pretending otherwise.

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The only reason that I can think of for Abe flight to US is that the money has to be ready for the talk between NK and US. One of big issue in denuclearization is incentive, or buy out. Japan can definitely help in that regard.

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Is it not clear the insignificance of Abe and Japan to Trump?

Kim some 35 yrs old and Trump twice his age. Trump needs play the elder role here and guide Kim to an agreement.

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Why would Abe have to flight to US to discuss. He can simply pick up phone and talk, and save a lot of money for Japanese people. If Abe wants to spoil the talk between NK and US, he would have zero chance to do that. Japan is marginalized.

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@ripe: I think you meant Abe visit USA. If you are not aware, Abe is from Japan.

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SK and NK are going to meet Trump. Abe needs to stop Moon scheme to create comfort woman war against Japan as Trump is gullible.

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Abe is going to Japan to receive his orders from Trump. The US will not allow unification of SK and NK as it will remove US excuse for having military bases in both Japan and SK. Iran gave up its nuclear weapons program and the US continues to impose sanctions and wants to abandon the agreement which many nations, including the US made. Iraq also gave up its WMD and the US invaded. Does anyone really think the US can be trusted? Its amazing how many nations accept and celebrate US domination and dictatorship.

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Abe has more experience in politics than Trump and he wants to demonstrate that, but it is an only individual meeting to me, just to see what's USA to compare Japan in democracy... Japanese nationalists thinks opposite way hanging Abe and Abe to feel proud of it? Well, NK isn't a big problem, something behind the scene in this US/JP endlessly seems to be Tomodachi isn't good to me. Guess what? World big picture doesn't look like that to me.

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Abe needs to stay home, put on his big boy trousers, and resist from throwing a spanner in the works.

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Masswipe - you're talking way too much sense there.

Abe, besotted with his war-time ancestors, wants to recreate history on his terms in their image.

And he thinks carousing with Trump will enable this to happen.

He's only going so as to escape the political domestic heat that's building up here.

Video conferencing keeps him on firm terra, so he asked his advisers "Get me outa here pronto", and so the sudden totally unecessary zip to the US to save Japan and the World.

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Abe is sure a sucker for punishment. Trump and the US would sell him out in a heartbeat. And needs to talk to NK on his own.

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Funny how history repeats itself. This is reminiscent of 1972, when Richard Nixon announced his intention to visit China without bothering to inform the leaders of Japan. Abe sure has some egg on his face, having been foolish enough to think that he could forge some sort of special bond with a man (Donald) who has NO friends and never will. Beginning more than a year ago, Abe worked hard to model his relations with Donald on the apparently warm and cordial relationship that had prevailed between U.S. President Eisenhower and Abe's maternal grandfather and former Japanese Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke (in office, 1957-60).

Instead, in a cruel twist of fate Abe's relations with Donald now appear to more closely resemble the unhappy and acrimonious relations between Nixon and Sato Eisaku, the prime minister of Japan from 1964 to 1972 who was kept in the dark about Nixon's overtures to China in the early 1970s. FYI, Sato was actually the younger brother of Kishi--making him Abe's maternal great-uncle. Bitter irony atop bitter irony for Abe, a man obsessed to no end with his family lineage and clearly wanting to more closely resemble his grandfather.

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Blimey! Discovering that Trump had an affair with Stormzy was shocking enough but this is just unbelievable!

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Mr.Abe can goto Australia or New Zealand to seek their help if he is not pleased!

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There comes a time, when, a nation, a government need to stand its ground.

Before any dialogue,  Kim Jong Un and his ghastly Pyongyang dictatorship need to comply with all globally agreed UN security council resolutions.

Every single one, no more no less. Appeasement is not a opinion.

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'"I will continue to coordinate with President Trump toward resolving North Korea's nuclear and missile (development) and the abduction issue, and we will address these issues in even closer cooperation," Abe said.'

Translation: Abe and Japan are going to derail nuclear talks again.

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"I agreed with President Trump that (this development) is the result of Japan, the United States and South Korea, together with the international community, having continued to put a high level of pressure on North Korea,"

Hahaha... Abe has no choice but to say this, given his tours of the world to pay off countries to isolate NK and China, and support the re-militarization of Japan. But of course it's complete hogwash, given that just YESTERDAY Abe was showing cause for concern about the US' shifting stance on the regime, and saying Japan would not cease in its push for further sanctions, that there would be no dialogue no matter what (They literally said it was too late for that), etc.

He sure didn't waste any time today nipping up and down at Trump's heels when he saw Trump walking off the course without him again.

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Easy for you to say when it's not your own family members who have disappeared and are believed to be held in NK against their will for decades. What government wouldn't pursue this issue?

4 decades after it happened? um.... none

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This is really a stab in the back for Mr.Abe!

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Its another stall, NK has never lived upto anything.

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What could possibly go wrong?

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Why not just say he’s going to play Golf and eat chocolate cake with the orange one?

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enough about the abduction issue, please give it a rest. You are three decades too late and much more important things are happening. Don't be like South Korea living in the past

Easy for you to say when it's not your own family members who have disappeared and are believed to be held in NK against their will for decades. What government wouldn't pursue this issue?

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Extremely wise move by PM Abe. Simply, the meeting with Pres. Trump will be about making sure USA and Japan are "on the same page" about issue; to advise Trump about the Japanese Abductees; and to advise caution in the meeting with how to deal with Kim.It is nice to see Japan and USA lead the way in negotiations, when other nations sat on their hands for so long.It took 2 strong leaders to be proactive,to get this to happen.

If Trump-Kim meeting goes well,and abductee situation is fully resolved,then PM Abe will direct Japanese Big Business to start economic partnerships in NK (in next 5 years). Big, untapped market there, and Japan could be the major investor in NK in future.Really promising times now.

You could've just typed 'Ganbare!!! Japan!!!' instead of all that..

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Hmm what pray tel

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enough about the abduction issue, please give it a rest. You are three decades too late and much more important things are happening. Don't be like South Korea living in the past

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Extremely wise move by PM Abe. Simply, the meeting with Pres. Trump will be about making sure USA and Japan are "on the same page" about issue; to advise Trump about the Japanese Abductees; and to advise caution in the meeting with how to deal with Kim.It is nice to see Japan and USA lead the way in negotiations, when other nations sat on their hands for so long.It took 2 strong leaders to be proactive,to get this to happen.

If Trump-Kim meeting goes well,and abductee situation is fully resolved,then PM Abe will direct Japanese Big Business to start economic partnerships in NK (in next 5 years). Big, untapped market there, and Japan could be the major investor in NK in future.Really promising times now.

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Please don't let Japan screw this historic chance for peace up

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Abe: Why did you do this?

Trump: I am the king of randomness.

Abe: Why did you not tell me first?

Trump: You do not matter.

Abe: My daily reports of NK attacks are now useless.

Trump: Do you think I look fat? Now that Un guy, he is fat. I am not fat. Right? Oh, when are you going to let GM sell cars in Japan?

Meeting ends.

News next day on NHK. Trump and Abe have fabulous meeting.

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