(Photo: President Donald Trump & Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe)
In a recent meeting, Donald Trump signed off on an order that assures Japan will get defence support from the US military, which covers the disputed Senkaku Islands, claimed by China – where they are known as the Diaoyu.
The leaders have said they “oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands” – comments that will most likely anger China.
This is edging away from a campaign promise Trump made to make Japan pay more for US security.
Last month President Trump threatened Japanese car manufacturer Toyota with a border tax, if it built a planned new factory in Mexico. The company later announced plans to add 400 jobs to a US plant.
Prime Minister Abe pledged Japan would help create US jobs, hoping to persuade Trump to turn down the heat on economic matters and stand by their alliance, instead.
He also made a pitch to the president for Japanese high-speed rail technology, claiming the latest system could cut travel time to one hour from Washington to New York – home of Trump Tower.