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The right course for a better US-Japan alliance

Abe should play a round of golf with Trump to help achieve elusive trade deal

| Japan
Trump would prefer to avoid complications and strike a quick deal. (Handout photo from Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office)

Long-awaited trade talks between the United States and Japan finally begin on April 15, when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer meets Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Washington.

The timing seems to be Tokyo's idea, since it's hard to believe Lighthizer wants to be pulled away from critical trade negotiations with China. But the two sides need to prepare the ground for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expected visit to Washington later this month.

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