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Even whales have now been affected by U.S. President Donald Trump.Abe, himself a staunch Japanese nationalist, has a complicated relationship with the United States.Japan has to be a stalwart American ally. Japan has only the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security with the U.S. to protect itself against hostile powers, and the rise of China terrifies the Japanese.Constitutionally unable to take part in military adventures, except as a highly paid goods producer during America's various Asian conflicts, Japan, rather like the countries in Western Europe, could concentrate on rebuilding its industrial power.As a result, Japan became a de facto one-party state.The Japanese right would like to overturn much of the postwar order, established by the U.S. with the support of Japanese liberals.It made Japan into a kind of vassal state; whatever the Americans wanted, Japan ends up having to do.If they do so, Trump certainly will not stand in their way. They will echo the worst aspects of contemporary America -- and throw away the best of what the U.S. once had to offer.
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