President Trump Is Taking Japan's Prime Minister Golfing

Japan is charting its own course to deal with the radically different US president, an approach that will be tested when Abe meets Trump in the White House on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 - and on the golf course in Florida.

Japan's trade surplus with the US fell 4.6 percent in 2016, to about $60.2 billion. and bolster his military will persuade Trump to turn down the heat on trade and currency and stand by the decades-old alliance.

Mr Trump has previously criticised the lack of access to the Japanese auto market for U.S. producers and has accused Tokyo of using monetary policy to devalue its currency.

Abe will take a plan called the "Japan-U.S. growth and employment initiative" with him to Washington, laying out five fields for economic cooperation, including infrastructure; robots and artificial intelligence; and working together in areas such as the Internet and space.

But Abe's plan to build friendly ties with the new president is inviting criticism from ruling and opposition party politicians in Japan, the Mainichi Shimbun reported on Wednesday.

He suggested that Abe remind Trump that Japan directly invests over $400 billion in the US and supports 1.7 million jobs, the Financial Times further noted.

In the immediate aftermath of Trump's shock election victory last November, Abe hurried to NY, becoming the first global leader to meet the president-elect. Japan would also help replace as many as 3,000 train and subway cars in the United States, the document said.

Japanese companies have also felt his ire on Twitter, with auto behemoth Toyota getting an earbashing over a planned factory in Mexico.

Abe will be eager for Trump to repeat assurances that his administration will adhere to Washington's commitment to defend disputed East China Sea islands under Japanese control but claimed also by China.

Abe and Trump are both golf enthusiasts, and on Saturday, they will reportedly play a round of golf at Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.

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".

Some experts cautioned that too subservient a response by Abe, such as a government-inspired jobs creation package, risks confirming Trump's view that old-style Japan bashing works.

Asahi said the Japanese government has been under pressure to provide a forum for dealing with bilateral economic issues led by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Aso and Mike Fence, the vice president of the United States.

"We hope to have constructive talks in order to seek how we can forge a mutually win-win relationship", Suga said.

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