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Abe prepares to 'buy' Trump's favour with major deals

He will woo US president with infrastructure projects and financing deals designed to create jobs in the US

Published Wed, Feb 8, 2017 · 09:50 PM

Tokyo

ARMED with public- and private-sector projects and financing deals reportedly worth US$450 billion, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to "buy" his country's way into the favour of US President Donald Trump when the pair meet for a summit in the US this weekend.

With the government-orchestrated package of sweeteners created from pressing Japanese companies to get on board a "Japan Inc"-style initiative, Mr Abe hopes to dissuade Mr Trump from accusing Japan of unfair trade or currency manipulation, analysts say.

He also hopes to deter the US leader from pressing Japan pay substantially more towards the cost of maintaining US security forces on Japanese soil.

Another reason for Japan's largesse toward the US in the form of infrastructure, business investments and large-scale job creation is that Mr Trump has yet to show his hand on relations with China, so Mr Abe wants to ensure To…

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