Japan's Abe likely to talk tariffs with Trump in April

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Abe said he wants to remind Trump of his concerns during an expected trip to the us next month. Pyongyang admitted in 2002 that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train spies, and five of them returned to Japan.

Tokyo has long demanded complete denuclearization from the pariah state, but that might not be on the table at the Trump-Kim summit.

Japan will have little choice but to enter into a bilateral trade deal with the United States similar to one President Donald Trump clinched with South Korea, a former top Japanese currency diplomat said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had also visited India in September 2017. If actually organized, this will be the first Japan-North Korea summit since December 2011.


The meeting between Abe and the USA leader is expected to be held at Trump's Mar-a-Largo retreat in Florida, according to the source.

"There are tens of thousands of American soldiers and their families living within their range, so I think they are also concerned with medium- to short-range missiles", he said, referring to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea and Japan. The term comes from " Korea passing " as South Koreans faced the same worry on Trump and Kim, he added.

In 2016-17, India-Japan trade reached Dollars 13.61 billion, showing a decrease of 6.21 per cent over 2015-16, when the total bilateral trade was USD 14.51 billion.

Abe will probably ask Trump to exempt Japan from his steel and aluminium tariffs, according to the official, who has been briefed on the matter and asked not to be identified. "Abe has no choice but to put a courageous face on things and get back into the game".


Kim met President Xi Jinping in China this week, his first trip overseas as the North Korean leader.

He has criticized the trade deficit the United States has with Japan and said it would be corrected.

The reclusive regime is also examining the possibility of summits with Beijing and Moscow in addition to Tokyo, the Asahi newspaper reported.

"We are looking forward to have Americans come back to TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)", he said.


When the USA government announced a new tariff on steel and aluminum imports on March 23, it left open the possibility of exceptions based on national security.

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