The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wasn’t able to meet the leader of North Korea himself. He is in Washington to make sure that President Donald Trump does not neglect the security and other concerns at the unprecedented U.S. North Korea summit.
Abe will have to make his points to Trump in less than two hours at the White House before they both leave for Canada for the G7 summit. Thereafter, the American President will visit Singapore for his meeting with the Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.
Japan has relied on the United States for its post-World War II security and diplomacy, has not been present in the recent outburst of engagement with North Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met Kim twice as Abe awaits his turn to put forward the concerns of Japan directly.
Abe has mentioned that he wants to make sure that he and President trump are on the same page before the first ever U.S- North Korea summit. This is mainly because they want to push forward missile and nuclear issues and also the abduction problem to develop a successful summit.
Abe does not want Donald Trump to compromise and thereby leave Japan exposed to the missiles with a shorter range which do not threaten the U.S. mainland or the one which relieves the pressure on North Korea prior to taking some significant steps to ultimate denuclearization. He expects to question Donald Trump once again to work with Kim and increase the fate of Japanese that have been abducted by the North in the year 1970s and 1980s.
Hitoshi Tanaka who is the former diplomat and also the head of the think tank mentions that it would not be his style to ask US for help on the issue of abduction. Abe will also like to talk to Trump about the aluminum and steel tariffs.