Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe met with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday. After the meeting he expressed “great confidence” in Donald Trump. Mr. Abe became the first foreign head of state to meet with Donald Trump since his surprise victory in the election. The PM said, “I do believe that without confidence between the two nations alliance would never function in the future. As the outcome of today’s discussion, I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence”.
Mr. Abe is said be to be thrilled to be meet with Trump as the first foreign leader. Before flying to the US he mentioned to reporters that “The Japan-U.S. alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us. I would like to build such a trust with Mr. Trump.’’
Trump’s daughter Ivanka was also present in the meeting. Ivanka, along with her brothers Donald Jr. and Eric, would be in charge of the president-elect’s businesses.
During election campaigning, Trump accused Japan of essentially freeloading. He blamed Japan for not paying sufficiently for the 54,000 U.S. troops stationed there. He surprised Japan as well as the world by suggesting of building a nuclear weapon to protect the US from nuclear-armed North Korea.
It is worth mentioning here that after Japan’s defeat in World War II, the United States directed the writing of a pacifist constitution. That constitution kept Japan dependent on U.S. power for its defense. PM Abe has weakened that constitution by taking steps to boost security and defense forces. The Japanese population still remains deeply opposed to nuclear weapons, as they have suffered the wrath of nuclear disaster.
Many traditional Republicans in foreign policy have blasted Trump’s ideas about weakening the defense alliances that date to the end of World War II. However, Trump seems to be taking advice on foreign policy. Trump met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ahead of the Abe meeting. Trump’s transition team said that “they discussed China, Russia, Iran, the EU and other events and issues around the world.”