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Japan's Shinzo Abe to meet Trump on Thursday
Politico Blog By YOUSEF SABA
The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, will be one of the first world leaders to meet with President-elect Donald Trump after his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s election.
Abe called Trump on Wednesday night — Thursday morning in Japan — and arranged to meet with him next Thursday in New York, according to the New York Times, which quoted Koichi Hagiuda, a Japanese deputy chief cabinet secretary.
The Japanese leader likely seeks to clarify some of the Republican’s most controversial remarks about the Asian country that he laid out on the campaign trail. Trump has said that Japan needs to pay more for American military protection, or should defend itself.
Abe also likely seeks to discuss Trump’s planned pull-out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact between the United States and several east Asian countries, which he said he plans to scrap.
Hagiuda said that such specifics were not discussed in the Wednesday night phone call, but rather, Abe stressed the importance of a strong American-Japanese alliance, and how critical it is for peace in the region.
It is not immediately clear whether the Japanese head of government will push to discuss these details with the president-elect, but it seems likely, given the haste in setting up a meeting following Trump’s surprise win.
Abe will meet with Trump next week, as he is scheduled to stop over in New York before he heads to Peru for an economic forum on cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.