Categories for Japan

26,209. 7/2/2019

IVANKA/JAPAN/TRUMP FAMILY: “RT @IvankaTrump: Thank you Prime Minster Abe for inviting me to address heads of State on the economic + national security imperative of ec…”

Donald Trump,, July 2, 2019 4:52 pm

26,205. 7/2/2019

CHINA/ECONOMY/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “A top Chinese leader made an unusually public effort on Tuesday [7-2-19] to ease trade tensions somewhat with the United States, woo foreign investors and reassure his own country’s citizens that their economy remained on track. In meetings during the World Economic Forum in the Chinese port city of Dalian, Premier Li Keqiang, China’s No. 2 official, promised to cut tariffs, loosen limits on foreign investment, protect intellectual property and allow foreign companies to apply for China’s generous subsidies for research and development. He made many of those comments in a rare question-and-answer session in the afternoon with executives from Japan, the United States and other countries. He also said that China would allow foreign financial services companies into its market a year earlier than previously promised, and that it would rewrite many rules on foreign investment.”

Keith Bradsher, “Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier, Reaches Out to Trump and Business,” The New York Times online, July 2, 2019

26,163. 7/1/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to Prime Minister Abe of Japan for hosting such a fantastic and well run G-20. There wasn’t a thing that was missing or a mistake that was made. PERFECT! The people of Japan must be very proud of their Prime Minister.” 

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 10:02 am

26,139. 6/28/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

Donald Trump,, June 28, 2019 5:51 pm

26,122. 6/28/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, are expected to try again to resolve their tariff war when they meet in Japan on Saturday [6-29-19]. First, they will need to figure out what to do about Huawei. The Trump administration has squeezed the Chinese technology giant with nearly the full might of the United States government, choking off the firm’s access to vital American suppliers, barring it from the country’s telecom market and filing sweeping criminal charges against it. Though Washington officials say those moves arose from national security concerns and are separate from the trade fight, few expect China to accept a deal to lift punishing tariffs that does not include relief for its biggest, most internationally successful tech firm…Beijing on Thursday [6-27-19] again called on Washington to end its restrictions on Huawei, and Chinese officials have complained about the harm they said the administration’s moves against Chinese firms had done.”

Raymond Zhong, “As Trump and Xi Talk Trade, Huawei Will Loom Large,” The New York Times online, June 28, 2019

26,116. 6/28/2019

DEMS/G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie. One is exhausted, the other is nuts – so what’s the big deal?”

Donald Trump,, June 28, 2019 4:26 am

26,113. 6/27/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great to be back in Japan for the #G20OsakaSummit

Donald Trump,, June 27, 2019 7:46 pm

26,102. 6/27/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trump says he expects ‘productive’ talks with Xi Jinping. President Trump voiced optimism on Friday [6-28-19] afternoon about upcoming trade talks with China, saying that his planned meeting on Saturday morning with China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, would be productive. Taking questions during a joint news conference with President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Mr. Trump talked repeatedly about the Xi meeting, while avoiding specific predictions. ‘At a minimum, it will be productive — we’ll see what happens and what comes out of it,’ Mr. Trump said. He denied recent news reports that he had promised not to impose any new tariffs on China in order to arrange his meeting with Mr. Xi on Saturday [6-29-19]. ‘No, I didn’t promise,’ he said. Mr. Trump’s senior aides have just gone through the necessary legal steps for him to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on $300 billion a year worth of American imports from China. But they have not given any timetable for when he might actually do so.”

NYT Staff, “Day 1 of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan,” The New York Times online, June 27, 2019

26,097. 6/27/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/TRADE DEALS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The fate of a yearlong trade war will reach a pivotal moment this weekend as President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China meet in Japan. But while both leaders appear open to a truce, they have hardened their positions ahead of the talks, leaving it unclear how the United States and China will resolve the tensions that have thrust the world’s two largest economies into conflict. Both leaders have an incentive to avoid a further escalation of a trade war that has battered companies and consumers on both sides of the Pacific. The global economy is weakening as a result of the trade war, with China and America feeling the effects, putting Mr. Trump’s re-election and Mr. Xi’s popularity at risk. But neither leader wants to be seen as capitulating or agreeing to concessions that could give them less leverage once trade talks resume…The United States and China appeared to be on the cusp of a trade agreement in April, only to have negotiations collapse in early May after the Chinese government rejected some of the Trump administration’s demands. Tensions have only escalated since, with both sides ratcheting up tit-for-tat punishment, creating even more issues to resolve.”

Ana Swanson and Keith Bradsher, “U.S. and China Angle for Trade Truce, but Both Insist the Other Will Back Down,” The new York Times online, June 27, 2019

26,069. 6/26/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just departed for the #G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan!🇺🇸🇯🇵 

Donald Trump,, June 26, 2019 2:13 pm

26,055. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [6-26-19] played down the importance of securing a trade deal with China as he prepared to meet with its president, Xi Jinping, saying he was ready to proceed with additional tariffs if negotiations between the countries failed to get back on track. Mr. Trump said it was ‘possible’ that a deal could ultimately be reached and that China was eager for an agreement. But he said he was prepared to impose tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese products, on top of the 25 percent tax already in place on $250 billion of Chinese imports. Mr. Trump also indicated he might limit the next round of tariffs to just 10 percent…Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi are scheduled to discuss the trade tensions on Saturday at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan. But while both the United States and China are feeling the burden of a bruising trade war, there appears to be little chance of a quick resolution to an economic conflict that has beaten down companies and consumers on both sides of the Pacific.”

Ana Swanson and Adam Satariano, “‘My Plan B Is Maybe My Plan A’: Trump Threatens New Tariffs on China,” The New York Times online, June 26, 2019

26,053. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trade wars — and the prospect of actual war — will dominate President Donald Trump’s agenda as he touches down here in Osaka, Japan, Thursday [6-27-19] for a highly consequential meeting of world leaders. It’s a sign of Trump’s continued capacity to mold the world agenda that this year’s G20 summit represents a confluence of global crises that are all, to some measure, manufactured by him. Markets are poised to react to the outcome of Trump’s long-awaited trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. A tense situation in the Middle East grows ever more so as Trump plans to huddle with peers from Russia, Saudi Arabia and Germany. And stalled diplomacy with North Korea will be tested as South Korean officials say they are preparing for the President to visit the Demilitarized Zone. All are matters unlikely to be brought to easy resolution when Trump meets with his fellow global leaders in Japan. Air Force One touched down at the Osaka International Airport around 5:40 a.m. ET (6:40 p.m. local) after a roughly 15-hour journey from Washington.”

Kevin Liptak, “Trump faces trade war negotiations during consequential G20 meetings,” CNN Politics,, June 26, 2019 6:40 am

26,008. 6/25/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are both facing intense domestic pressure to de-escalate the trade war between their countries as they prepare to meet on Saturday [6-29-19] in Japan. Trump needs China to make vast structural changes to its economy while also buying more U.S. farm and manufactured goods. Xi needs Trump to lift the tariffs he has put on Chinese imports. With the economic strain mounting on both sides, the two are widely expected to use the G-20 summit in Osaka as an opportunity to start talking again after negotiations broke off abruptly in May. In one sign of a thaw, Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone on Monday [6-24-19]. Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to meet with their Chinese counterparts in Osaka before Trump and Xi meet…In a briefing call with reporters on Monday, a senior administration official said Trump is ‘comfortable with any outcome’ of the meeting with Xi because the U.S. is in a strong position. But Trump’s trade war is facing mounting criticism at home. The U.S. government has collected billions of dollars of additional tariff revenue, but that barely has made a dent in the nation’s skyrocketing budget deficit as a result of Trump’s tax cuts and increased federal spending.” 

Doug Palmer, “Trump and Xi to meet as trade war damage grows,” Politico, June 25, 2019 11:15 am

25,997. 6/25/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/JAPAN/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The next Trump-Putin meeting in Osaka, Japan is only days away, but the White House is maintaining radio silence about what it hopes to achieve there. Meanwhile, three senior voices with experience of dealing with Russia, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and, reportedly, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, are all on their way out. These developments are not linked, but they tell us a lot about how Russia policy actually works in the Trump administration. The conventional wisdom has long held that Trump’s bizarre brand of Russian policy (which he invariably describes as ‘getting along with Russia’) doesn’t matter all that much because the rest of the U.S. government is taking a tougher line on the Kremlin’s misbehavior. When it comes to sanctions, military cooperation with Ukraine, or cyber operations against Russian critical infrastructure, this argument goes, largely sensible day-to-day decisions are being made.”

Andrew Weiss, “Trump’s Confused Russia Policy Is a Boon for Putin,” Politico, June 25, 2019 

25,882. 6/20/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Donald Trump heads to G-20 meetings in Japan next week, companies and foreign governments are bracing for a world in which the foundation of global trading rules is upended. And they fear being forced to take sides between the reigning global superpower and its rising rival…Hyder said in an interview for POLITICO’s Global Translations podcast that businesses are responding to the uncertainty with caution and with consolidation, to ‘build critical mass as a defense mechanism for what’s going on and position yourself for what could be a bumpy ride.’ The U.S.-China trade fight, coupled with the Pentagon’s stated view of China as a geostrategic threat — with ambitions to ‘displace’ America ‘to achieve global preeminence in the future’ — adds another layer of concerns for countries like Canada who fear a replay of Cold War dynamics. The tension is already present for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who is set to meet with Trump and Congressional leaders on Thursday [6-20-19] — in the case of two Canadians who were detained in China after Canada cooperated with a U.S. extradition request for an executive of the Chinese tech firm Huawei.”

Luiza Ch. Savage, “Trump’s trade fights trigger angst for allies and businesses,” Politico, June 20, 2019 5:13 am

25,834. 6/18/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan. Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting.”

Donald Trump,, June 18, 2019 8:39 am

25,716. 6/14/2019

IRAN/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed this week’s attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in a phone call on Friday [6-14-19], the White House said, adding that Trump thanked Abe for Abe’s effort to facilitate talks with Iran. Trump and Abe also spoke about the two countries’ trade negotiations and Trump’s upcoming travel to the Group of 20 summit in Japan, the White House said.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump, Japan’s Abe discussed tanker attacks in call -W. House,” Reuters, June 14, 2019 8:47 am

25,347. 5/29/2019

JAPAN/JOHN MCCAIN/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan. Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women – what a spectacular job they do!” 

Donald Trump,, May 29, 2019 7:59 pm

25,329. 5/28/2019


Donald Trump,, May 28, 2019 7:33 pm

25,328. 5/28/2019

JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Back from Japan after a very successful trip. Big progress on MANY fronts. A great country with a wonderful leader in Prime Minister Abe!”

Donald Trump,, May 28, 2019 7:22 pm

25,322. 5/28/2019

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Donald Trump,, May 28, 2019 7:07 am

25,320. 5/27/2019

JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Families of Japanese who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s thanked President Donald Trump on Monday [5-27-19] for his sympathy and for meeting with them while visiting Japan. Trump, who is making a four-day state visit, appeared to listen intently to the relatives’ accounts of their ordeals, the families said after the meeting. Shigeo Iizuka, 80, whose sister was abducted in the 1970s, asked Trump to work with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in getting North Korea to return the victims…Trump said he supports Abe’s intent to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the issue. Abe renewed his willingness to meet Kim face-to-face without preconditions, such as its denuclearization, to resolve the abduction issue. Abe noted, however, that there currently are no prospects of a summit with Kim. Sakie Yokota, 83, whose 13-year-old daughter Megumi was abducted in 1977, said Trump gave the families hope for a breakthrough.”

The Associated Press, “Trump Meets With Families of Japanese Abducted by N. Korea,” The New York Times online, May 27, 2019

25,319. 5/27/2019

JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Standing at side-by-side lecterns inside the gilded Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan sought to show the world the strength of what Mr. Abe called their ‘unshakable bond.’ The joint news conference that followed made it clear that being in lock step with Mr. Trump can be a precarious position for any world leader. After the two men strode to the podium on Monday [5-27-19] afternoon, Mr. Abe declared that the friendship and alliance had been further cemented by a day on the golf course, inside the sumo arena and at a robatayaki dinner with their spouses. He said that he and Mr. Trump were ‘completely on the same page’ on issues like trade and North Korea. But Mr. Trump, after praising Japan’s hospitality and ancient culture, as well as Mr. Abe’s friendship, made it clear that he was there to put America, and in some cases his own grievances, first.”

Annie Karni and Katie Rogers, “Trump and Abe’s ‘Unshakable Bond’ Shows Some Cracks in Tokyo,” The New York Times online, May 27, 2019

25,313. 5/27/2019

JAPAN/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I will be making two stops this morning in Japan to visit with our Great Military, then a quick stop in Alaska and back to D.C. Meetings with Prime Minister Abe went very well, and getting to spend time with the new Emperor and Empress of Japan was a great honor!” 

Donald Trump,, May 27, 2019 5:57 pm

25,309. 5/27/2019

ELECTION/JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is isolating himself from allies and even his own advisers on North Korea, eager to insist that his denuclearization efforts will be successful going into a 2020 re-election bid. The widening gap was starkly apparent Monday [5-27-19] morning, when Trump publicly disagreed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a joint press conference when asked about recent North Korean missile tests. Abe had previously called the tests of several short-range ballistic missiles ‘quite a regrettable act’ that violated a United Nations Security Council resolution, echoing language that Trump’s own national security adviser, John Bolton, had used on Saturday. But the president on Monday, at the end of his short trip to Japan to meet the new emperor, insisted that he was not ‘personally’ bothered by the tests and was ‘very happy with the way it’s going’ in his efforts to engage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Notably, Trump said he did not think the tests violated the U.N. resolution.”

Anita Kumar, “Trump finds himself increasingly alone on North Korea,” Politico, May 27, 2019 11:50 am