Behind PM Abe's big party for Trump

Japan worries about being next target of US trade pressures and suffering collateral damage in US-China conflict

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe feeding carp before their working lunch at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo last November. The Japanese government is taking unprecedented steps to wow Mr Trump upon his arrival in Tokyo on Satu
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe feeding carp before their working lunch at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo last November. The Japanese government is taking unprecedented steps to wow Mr Trump upon his arrival in Tokyo on Saturday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Japan's new emperor could be excused for feeling a bit of Donald Trump envy.

Emperor Naruhito is the one who took the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1. Yet it is the US President who is getting the over-the-top royal treatment from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2019, with the headline 'Behind PM Abe's big party for Trump'. Subscribe