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Inside Japanese politics

Calls for 'China exit' mount as Japan reviews economic security

Shortage of medical supplies forces rethink of supply chains

From left: Trump, Abe and Xi: It is difficult to predict how international supply chains will shake out after the pandemic subsides, a key point between the U.S., Japan and China.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- In a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump assured his friend that American-made ventilators would be available.

"We can send you ventilators anytime," Trump said. The U.S. had begun mass production and succeeded in bringing down costs.

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