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US alliance grew under Abe, but Asian agenda left unfulfilled

North Korean abductions remain an open issue as Japan's PM departs

From left, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi show their unity at the G-20 summit in Osaka in June 2019. Japan and the U.S. share the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. 

Japan adopted a bold diplomatic and national security agenda under outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that advanced the alliance with the U.S. but failed to resolve longtime issues with Asian neighbors.

The most prominent element of Abe's framework is the security legislation enacted in 2015 that lets Japan come to the military aid of allies under a limited right of collective self-defense.

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