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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump after a joint news conference on Feb. 10.   © Kyodo
The Trump effect

After the handshake, Japan's responsibility to the world

After the handshake, Japan's responsibility to the world

MIKIO SUGENO, Nikkei commentator | Japan

TOKYO -- The first formal summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe highlighted a closeness between their two countries unseen anywhere else in the world. The meeting ended without trouble, with the two leaders reaffirming their commitment to a strong security alliance while avoiding notable frictions in trade and currency issues.

But this is just the starting point. Now Japan has to show to the world that it can build a constructive relationship with the new U.S. administration, which is leaning towards protectionism and interventionism, and prevent economic turmoil at home.

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