Japan is preparing "tweetable" trade statistics for the prime minister's upcoming meeting with President Donald Trump.
During his election campaign, Trump complained that Tokyo and Seoul were not sharing enough of the cost of the US security umbrella.
"Toyota has been making big investments in the U.S. It has built big factories, created jobs". Trump has criticized the lack of access to the Japanese auto market for US producers and has accused Tokyo of using monetary policy to devalue its currency.
The president spoke by phone with Abe last month about the future of U.S. -Japan relations and agreed to meet in Washington.
In particular, Tokyo would like to see Trump state explicitly that the USA obligation to defend Japanese territory, as set forth in the countries' security treaty, extends to the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims as the Diaoyu.
When President Donald Trump was on the campaign trail, one of his biggest promises was to create American jobs, vowing to stop companies from making jobs overseas.
Tokyo wants the Trump administration to better understand Japan's trade issues and recognize its contribution to the USA economy when leaders of the two nations meet this week, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday.
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The Japanese display maker Sharp Corp. was also considering building a plant in the US during the first half of 2017, although Sharp has not confirmed whether the plant will be built. The United States and Japan, the world's largest and third-largest economies, were the two linchpins of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which Trump scrapped immediately upon taking office. He also wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) binding Mexico, the United States and Canada, the basis of many Japanese firms' investment plans.
When asked whether Abe is a good golfer or if he would have a bet on the game, the president said the Japanese prime minister "loves the game". The islands are called the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.
At the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday, Abe said, "Stances regarding refugees and immigrants vary among countries, and Japan has its own position on them".
The outreach to Trump carries risks.
"It's a very hard line to walk to satisfy Trump at the same time not giving the impression that it's Japan Inc all over again", said Jun Okumura, a former trade negotiator who is a visiting scholar at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs.
Social Democratic Party Secretary-General Seiji Mataichi said Tuesday Abe's bid to leave a favorable impression on Trump was a "disgrace", compared to the attitude of "stern criticism" from the United States' European allies.
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