This past week President Trump took a 7,000 mile trip to Japan to have a meeting with the new emperor.
This meeting is thought to be the largest event for the country in over 200 years. There are some people that view this meeting as nothing that needs to be broadcast but for the nations Prime Minister it is a big deal.
When Trump was being inaugurated Japan’s Prime Minister boarded a plane and traveled to Trump’s Tower to meet with him.
Since that first meeting both oft them have golfed three times together.
So far they have had 10 meetings between the two of them and have spoken nearly 30 more times over the phone. A person on Trump’s staff has stated, “That is absolutely unprecedented.”
Japan’s media is taking notice mentioning that the Prime Minister was allowed to use special rooms at the White House that most people are not allowed to use.
Prime Minister be is a person that presented himself as a determined nationalist that had the vision of making Japan stronger than they have been in years.
President Trump is said to not have a popular image in the nation of Japan.
A professor of political science at Doshisha University in Kyoto has stated, “The Japanese public does not like our leader to entertain another country’s leader.”
There are many that are wondering why Japan’s leader is developing a good relationship with Trump.
In the county there seems to be a sense of insecurity over its future.
China has risen to a world leader in economics, North Korea is continuing to develop nuclear weapons, and bad relations with South Korea are more intense than ever before.
Russia even continues to push Japanese airspace with their planes which is another reason for them to be nervous.
In a way Japan needs the protection or at least the friendship of the United States.
There are many in the Japanese government that believe that alliance between the two nations could stand in jeopardy.
One Japanese leader has stated that, “People in Japan understand that Mr. Trump is quite unpredictable, and that we need to treat him in a different way.”
Jeffery Prescott, who is a former Obama White House national security council aide, has stated that, “They need the relationship for their own protection.”
He has also stated that, “They’re worried about being caught out in the cold.”
The issue of the attack on Pearl Harbor has been and continues to be a point of contention between the two nations.
Not to mention what happened when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan four years later in an attempt to bring the war to an end.
That area of the country stands as a constant reminder to the problems of war.
However, those years were a previous generations actions and should not dominate today’s thoughts of people in leadership. They should learn from the past but not let it rule the present.
Both nations have changed since those horrible days.
Both nations have become world leaders in economics and pursuers of peace.
After World War II, Japan was demilitarized to keep them from repeating historical pursuits.
So now it sits defenseless and must depend on nations around them for support and protection.
The country may not be allowed to have a military, but they do have a standing defense force. The people of Japan repeatedly declare that they hate war and would rather settle disputes in other ways.
The country of Japan has been a faithful ally to the United States in many ways since that day following World War II.
The nation’s leaders are aware of the problems that have developed between the United States and Japan and are seeking ways to resolve the issues.
For right now the relationship between the United States and Japan continues to stay strong.
President Trump will continue to build a good relationship with Prime Minister Abe. Japan will continue to seek strong support as many of its neighbors gain strength around them.
The only thing that really stands in their neighbors way is the United States.
Japan is starting to become a nation in the middle of enemies.
Other nations that would seek to annex the islands of Japan.