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Specter of TPP haunts Japan-US trade relations

Tokyo angles for a way to let Trump claim to have outdone Obama

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe field questions from reporters at a joint news conference in Tokyo on May 27. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump visited Japan as the first state guest of the new Imperial era, Reiwa, that began on May 1.

Trump appeared to enjoy his four-day stay from May 25, particularly events where his host, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, showed him hospitality. The two leaders played golf, Trump presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament, and he attended a banquet held by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

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