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Is Japan the next target in Trump’s trade war?

Shinzo Abe has courted the American president but he cannot escape the logic of “America first” 

By David Warren  

Photo: Yuri Gripas/DPA/PA Images

Nearly two and a half years after the election of President Trump, the sequence of negotiations initiated by him to tackle the US trade deficit has finally worked its way round to Japan—the US’ main ally in the Asia-Pacific region and the third largest economy in the world after the US and China, but a country with which the US has a $67bn trade deficit.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put enormous effort into the relationship…

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