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Without Obama, Abe's approach to US-Japan ties may be tested

Japan trying to get Trump to keep strong partnership as US alliance is bedrock of Japan's security

US President Obama (right) looking on as Japanese Prime Minister Abe greets veterans at Kilo Pier overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.


SINCE becoming prime minister for the second time in 2012, Shinzo Abe has made it a centrepiece of his foreign policy to steer Japan closer to the United States.

Even as Washington has lost ground in the region, with China expanding its presence in the South China Sea and...

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