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Tale of two Trumps poses dilemma for Japan

Tokyo needs the US but can't be bound by the president's outmoded view of trade

AKIO FUJII, Nikkei senior editorial writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Donald Trump's visit to Japan reveals two sides to the American president -- and a challenge for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in managing the relationship with the U.S.

One Trump chose Japan as the first destination in his Asia tour, calling the country a "treasured partner" and ally. His host Abe reciprocated this sentiment. Never before in the history of the alliance, Abe said, had leaders from both sides forged "this close a personal bond" in the span of a year.

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