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Dealing with Trump, the Japanese way

Shinzo Abe will face a big test of his skills when he meets Donald Trump later this month. There are basically three approaches - cooperation, concession and confrontation - in dealing with the US. So far, the first has not worked out very well for Tokyo.

TOKYO • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is nothing if not tireless in his efforts to get the US President to consider Japan's interests even as the Trump administration forges ahead with its America First policy.

He came bearing a gift of gold-tipped golf clubs soon after Mr Donald Trump was elected US President. But for his troubles - including falling into a bunker in a game of golf during Mr Trump's visit to Japan last year - it has been an endeavour marked by unexpected setbacks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Dealing with Trump, the Japanese way'. Print Edition | Subscribe