A man walks past a shop selling masks of US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a market street in Tokyo. Abe wants to push for abolition of Article 9 of Japan’s post-war constitution. Yet, even with his generally high approval rating domestically, it could prove a major challenge, given the large body of public opinion which still values its post-war pacifism. Photo: Reuters

For Abe, a visit to the Trump White House is a key stop en route to a stronger Japan

Andrew Hammond says the Japanese leader’s visit to the US this week underlines his desire to draw closer to the new Trump administration, in an effort to strengthen Japan’s heft in the face of China’s rise

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A man walks past a shop selling masks of US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a market street in Tokyo. Abe wants to push for abolition of Article 9 of Japan’s post-war constitution. Yet, even with his generally high approval rating domestically, it could prove a major challenge, given the large body of public opinion which still values its post-war pacifism. Photo: Reuters
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