Abe wants to build ‘relationship of trust’
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he wants to build a “relationship of trust” with US President Donald Trump, and stressed the economic and trade ties between the country are a “win-win.”
With US-Japanese ties strained by Trump’s rejection of a trans-Pacific trade deal, his questioning of longstanding defense commitments and rough treatment of close allies, Abe said his meeting with the new president is timely.
“I wish to firmly build a relationship of trust at the leadership level with my visit to the US, and to show to our people and the world the unwavering alliance between Japan and the US.”
Abe opened his two-day visit with a meeting with business leaders in which he highlighted the hundreds of thousands of American jobs created by the vast Japanese investments in the US.
Most budget cars sold by Toyota and Honda are “produced in US factories by American workers,” he said, noting that US investments by Japanese companies total $411 billion, generating 840,000 jobs.