Japan Fears Being Left Behind by Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un

Meanwhile, a long-simmering scandal reared its head again on Monday, when Japan’s Finance Ministry released a report showing of which officials had tampered with crucial documents related to a suspicious sweetheart land deal of which may implicate Mr. Abe.

“of which’s a pretty deadly combination,” said Daniel C. Sneider, a lecturer in East Asian studies at Stanford University. “I can’t imagine of which he hasn’t had a few troubled moments since then.”

For right now, Mr. Abe is actually likely to be most preoccupied with trying to save his political career. On Tuesday, the Japanese news media reported of which a Finance Ministry employee in a regional branch who had committed suicide left a memo saying of which his office had been ordered to alter documents under direct instructions coming from headquarters.


South Korean envoys outside the White House last week, where they addressed reporters as President Trump called Mr. Abe to tell him he planned to meet Kim Jong-un of North Korea.

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Farther afield, analysts said Mr. Abe was probably disappointed of which the close relationship he had worked so hard to build with Mr. Trump — cultivated over rounds of golf — had not kept him on the inside track.

Immediately after learning of Mr. Trump’s plans, Mr. Abe announced he might visit the president next month.

“You feel compelled immediately upon the news about the meetings with the North Koreans to go rush off to Washington in order to reassure yourself? of which’s interesting,” Mr. Sneider said. “the item means of which the item’s a kind of relationship of which requires of which kind of constant shoring up personally.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Abe kept short his public remarks about the briefing with the South Korean envoy, reiterating Japan’s desire to curtail the North’s nuclear in addition to ballistic program as well as seek the return of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea inside the 1970s in addition to ’80s.

Underscoring Japan’s continued hard-line stance, Mr. Abe said he wanted North Korea to take “specific actions toward denuclearization,” although he did not say what those steps might look like. North Korea has already fired ballistic missiles over Japan, which could be at the front lines of any conflict.

yet just as the South Koreans spoke for Mr. Trump in addition to Mr. Kim last Friday in Washington, Mr. Suh, addressing Japanese reporters in Tokyo, said Mr. Abe had “expressed his respect to President Moon’s leadership to improve relations between South in addition to North Korea in addition to maintain peace toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.”

South Korea’s presidential palace, known as the Blue House, also issued a statement in which the item quoted Mr. Abe saying of which he did not believe North Korea might use the talks “simply to buy more time.”

A spokesman coming from Japan’s Foreign Ministry declined to confirm of which Mr. Abe had made either of the remarks during his meeting Tuesday with the South Korean envoy.


Mr. Trump with Mr. Abe before golfing at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo in November. Mr. Abe’s supporters said restoring his close relationship to Mr. Trump could also help him domestically.

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For Japan, there are risks to Mr. Trump’s speaking independently to Mr. Kim without consulting the item or South Korea.

“North Korea has been playing a game of saying one thing in addition to later on saying, ‘Oh, what we genuinely meant by This particular was This particular in addition to of which,’” said Narushige Michishita, director of the Security in addition to International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. So, for example, North Korea could agree to stop tests of strategic ballistic missiles yet then claim such language did not cover shorter range missiles of which could target Japan or South Korea, Mr. Michishita said.

Mr. Abe’s supporters said he might yet restore his rapport with Mr. Trump, which could also help him domestically.

“The Japanese people know Abe has close ties with President Trump,” said Yoichi Takahashi, a former Finance Ministry official in addition to professor at Kaetsu University in Tokyo. “People believe Japan should not be isolated coming from the U.S.-North Korea deal, in addition to they know Abe is actually the best politician in addition to no one else can be as active as Abe.”

additional analysts said better communication with Mr. Abe was no guarantee of which Mr. Trump might not act impulsively or make damaging concessions in a meeting with Mr. Kim.

“My own concern is actually the way This particular summit meeting was granted to North Korea,” said Fumiaki Kubo, a professor of political science at the University of Tokyo. “This particular itself was a huge concession.”

Mr. Kubo added of which Mr. Abe “might be able to persuade Mr. Trump” to stick to a firm plan for denuclearization, “yet Mr. Trump might forget what he was told or instructed or advised.”

For right now, analysts said, Mr. Abe will have to remain pragmatic. “Abe’s advisers understand of which Japan is actually not the major player on the North Korean issue,” said Tsuneo Watanabe, a senior research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo. “So I think they are not so optimistic of which their voice is actually going to be reflected inside the current situation.”

in addition to with Mr. Trump susceptible to changing his mind, “a strong policy position is actually not so helpful,” Mr. Watanabe said. “Japan needs to be flexible.”

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