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International relations

Tokyo going all out to secure Washington ties

Various avenues pursued to gain White House access

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Japanese lawmaker Akira Amari (R) shakes hands with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman amid the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in 2015.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has focused on building a strong one-on-one relationship with President Donald Trump -- the two have met twice since November's presidential election -- a number of Japanese lawmakers have also been exploring how to forge ties with the new administration.

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