Japan scrambles to build ties with Trump from scratch

https://i2.wp.com/asia.nikkei.com/var/site_cache/storage/images/node_43/node_51/2016/201611/1109n/1109n-abe/5346993-4-eng-GB/1109N-Abe_article_main_image.jpg

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking to reporters Wednesday.

 

TOKYO — In the wake of the stunning U.S. election results, the Japanese government is moving to establish diplomatic relations with incoming President Donald Trump, a complete political outsider with virtually no connections to the Tokyo government establishment.

The process will “start from zero,” according to a senior official at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to get the ball rolling when Katsuyuki Kawai, his special adviser, visits the U.S. for five days beginning Monday. Continue reading