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Cold comfort for Abe in Florida

Few global leaders have got as much face time with United States President Donald Trump as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They met for a sixth leaders' summit and a third round of golf this week.

Yet Mr Abe, who is fighting for political survival at home as a spate of scandals sinks his poll figures to the lowest since he took office in 2012, can likely take only cold comfort from his visit to balmy Mar-a-Lago, where he scored reassurances but, arguably, no major victories.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2018, with the headline 'Cold comfort for Abe in Florida'. Print Edition | Subscribe