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Trump's tariff snub clouds US relations with Japan

The days of Tokyo taking advantage of Washington are over, says president

Japan did not escape U.S. steel tariffs despite the personal chemistry between Trump and Abe.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has crafted its diplomatic and economic strategy around the close relationship Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has forged with U.S. President Donald Trump, but it appears those bonds are becoming frayed by trade frictions.

"I'll talk to Prime Minister Abe of Japan and others -- great guy, friend of mine," Trump said Thursday at the White House. "There will be a little smile on their face. And the smile is, 'I can't believe we've been able to take advantage of the United States for so long,'" he continued. "Those days are over."  

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