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Japan still seeking US protection while quietly staking its own path

Mr Abe in talks with General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a meeting in Tokyo last Friday. Japan, aware of neighbouring threats like North Korea's weapons advances, is mostly in lockstep with the US. But it is starting to consider a more independent role in Asia.


PRIME Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has never seemed to waver in his support for President Donald Trump, seeking out meetings and regularly speaking by telephone. He is one of a few world leaders who rarely criticise or even comment on Mr Trump's...

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