Abe wins Trump's pledge to raise abductee issue with North Korea

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Mrs Akie Abe, as they arrived for dinner at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday. In a meeting between the two lea
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Mrs Akie Abe, as they arrived for dinner at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday. In a meeting between the two leaders, Mr Abe credited Mr Trump for engaging with North Korea. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

US leader will discuss topic of Japanese abducted by the North in meeting with Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump lent a helping hand to beleaguered Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the first day of their two-day summit in Florida, assuring him that he would raise the issue of Japanese abductees when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The abductee issue is a high-profile one in Japan and critical for Mr Abe, who is under pressure over a number of scandals. Before he left home, he said it would be high on his agenda in the meeting with Mr Trump.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2018, with the headline 'Abe wins Trump's pledge to raise abductee issue with North Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe