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Why Japan's Shinzo Abe Should Rejoice Over Trump's Election Win

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Why Japan’s Shinzo Abe Should Rejoice Over Trump’s Election Win COMMENTARY  by    Liubomir K. Topaloff @LuboTop   DECEMBER 5, 2016, 6:30 PM EST E-mail   Tweet   Facebook   Linkedin Share icons Japan just needs to play its cards well.  Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first head of government to visit the U.S. president-elect in his New York tower. It was a chance to establish a personal rapport, and to gauge more precisely where Donald Trump stands vis-a-vis Japan, China, North Korea, and issues surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In the months leading to the November election, Trump raised alarm in Japan by alluding that the country should arm itself with  nuclear weapons  in order to better protect itself against an unpredictable North Korea, and the regional  bulling  of a  rising  China. It may be premature to make any conclusions about the future from this unofficial meeting, but it is clear that the incomi