The assassination of Soleimani has cast a shadow over Japan’s deployment of a warship to the Middle East. Photo: AP Photo

Trump’s strike on Soleimani: Japan’s Shinzo Abe embarrassed, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un laughing: analysts

  • Assassination ends Tokyo’s efforts to mediate between Iran and US, but it can’t afford to cancel scheduled warship deployment, experts say
  • Meanwhile, North Korea has a chance to test how much trouble Trump can handle at one time
Topic |   US-Iran tensions

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The assassination of Soleimani has cast a shadow over Japan’s deployment of a warship to the Middle East. Photo: AP Photo
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.