Trump Delegation Surprises Shinzo Abe with Birthday Celebration…

Fun stuff at the U.N. as Team U.S.A celebrate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s birthday.

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152 Responses to Trump Delegation Surprises Shinzo Abe with Birthday Celebration…

  1. Sometimes it’s the little things that really count.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      OMG – Trump is a MASTER statesman. I’m in awe. Absolute awe. Although there may be one very smart T.rex smiling quietly from behind a curtain, too.

      Very few Westerners would know to do this. Kinda stunned. Trump is too smart. This isn’t even fair.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Abe is pretty smart, too. He must have played his part perfectly.

        Chalk another one up for SD. THIS is proof of another SD prediction RE Japan coming true.

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      • redtreesquirrel says:

        Know to do what Wolfmoon? Explain…

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          In my opinion, Japanese are much more impressed by a quiet celebration, a celebratory meal, an private honorary occasion, etc., than by even the most perfect physical gift, or other forms of appreciation. And then doing it as a personal surprise party (tough to do non-awkwardly), and in such a way that it happens naturally, and is magnified by the world-wide importance of the venue, but again – naturally and quietly. Big honor!

          This is something people do for their close friends and those who they admire and look up to – lots of respect. BIG respect! Trump just diminished Kim’s brand by going bombastic on him, and raised Abe’s brand HUGELY by REAL respect!

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          • amwick says:

            Kinda like hiku.. subtle, but …

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          • mj_inOC says:

            It’s called being gracious…
            God is a gracious god.

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          • mossback says:

            Your exactly right. While stationed in Okinawa, I studied Kempo Karate on my off hours at another base on the island. One night after leaving, passing thru the gate and waiting for a bus, I was really thirsty and bought a orange soda at the small store (we called them 7-11’s but they weren’t) just outside the gate….when the mama-san counted out the change for me, I responded politely….doh-mata-gato.(phonetic spelling) which means ‘thank you’. I got a really big smile, a big bow and multiple ‘your welcome’ in Japanese….dohie-toie-musta…….the small things really count with these folks.

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            • tonyE says:

              Yes… I guess it’s a result of living in very close quarters for so long..

              Little details of respect and graciousness towards each other makes life bearable and even enjoyable. We always say Itadakimasu and gochisousama (“don’t touch my mustache for us Gaijins) at the dinner table and, naturally, we’ve always clinked our glasses before starting the meal to represent my Western traditions. πŸ˜‰

              Like they say, “when in Rome, do as the Romans”… like two of us dining like Kings for $50 bucks in Ginza… eating where the locals eat! Including the beer!

              Trump is really the master of socializing. In his first business schmoozing is required and he pulls it out very well. I think that GWB and Bill could pull too but neither were as forthcoming and authentic as Trump, but the current crop of Sour Puss Progressives would never think of doing this.

              That little cake did more for US-Japan relations than Obola bowing to the floor in front of the Emperor. Heck, Obola tooks us backwards, but now the whole of Japan, seeing this, is gonna be impressed by our America no Presidentzu (excuse my bad Japanee)….

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              • cyn3wulf says:

                The Art of Schmoozing is underappreciated by many. I remember, from many years ago, an engineer (civil) complaining about the owner of the firm, saying that he doesn’t do much around the office but talk on the phone, and that’s when he’s not out having lunch with people or golfing, which is more often than not. I remember thinking that this guy was totally missing the point. The owner was not an engineer, he was a business guy (who had made his fortune in real estate). He had junior owners who were engineers who were capable of running the office. Only he could do what he was doing: bringing them business. Interestingly, a friend of mine told me during the election that Trump reminded him of this owner.

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            • I think it shows so much respect because you are trying to learn their culture. They appreciate your effort.

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            • carrierh says:

              Definitely being gracious is super important and why I have friends in Mexico, China, Germany, etc. Showing a little attention to them whether listening to them, offering something, thanking them and this is big time, etc. makes a world of difference and it makes your life easier as well because they see you are real and not putting anything on to impress them. The beautiful part for me is having friends here, there and elsewhere and love to visit them or keep in touch with them (except I probably never will revisit Mexico again!). Kindness, gentleness, listening, etc. all are showing you have class too.

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          • Jimmy Jack says:

            The Chinese will take notice too.

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      • Trumppin says:

        You just said it all….. nothing to add except GOD I LOVE TRUMP!

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      • Rebcalntx says:

        Wolfmann 1776, Master Stateman is correct. Trump family has meantioned that in their business it is personal relationships before negotiations began. Trump knows that establishing those relationships are so important. Celebrating along the way.

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        • Paco Loco says:

          In China it’s called Guanxi (to build and maintain a relationship). Kizuna in Japanese. I worked with Mitsubishi Corp, for a few years. Japanese business men are much into gift giving and personal celebrations. Abe was very honored by President Trumps gesture.

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          • mj_inOC says:

            It’s called sincerity in relationships; find that common denominator; build friendship and trust.

            The old adage:
            People don’t care how much you know until they KNOW how much you care… a gift from God.

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            • wolfmoon1776 says:

              Great line!

              That sincerity is important, and explains so much. You are so correct to point that out.

              This has profound meaning. Trump will go to the mat for Abe and Japan. He is taking big risks and will accept tough consequences for America. Make no mistake about that.

              But something else, too. Trump is modeling his friendship and respect to others. We’ve seen that with people like Perry who joined his administration. Trump worries about not being forgiving enough, but he is both forgiving and accepting. If Kim Jong Un wants respect, there are ways to get it. But not with nukes and missile launches.

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          • sunnydaze says:

            Do the Japanese have the Guanxi thing like the Chinese? I didn’t know that. Guanxi can/does form a very strong bond.

            Either way, I love this. It definitely is a way to honor Abe, and you can see it on their faces.

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          • Jimmy Jack says:

            I’d think w all the real estate business in NYC in the 80s w Japan Trump is well aware of this.

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        • mj_inOC says:

          Precisely explains how Trump Organization secured contract for Post Office Redevelopment/Hotel on PA Ave… thanks to Ivanka doing her homework and focusing on the details…

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        • CL Lucas says:

          I’m liking what you and Paco Loco are saying below — not that I’m a businessman, but a ‘budding’ one w/ a promising mentor-protege relationship on the horizon that appears to have its beginnings as such described.

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      • not2worryluv says:

        Not tired of winning Mr President! You and your Team are the GREATEST!

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    • DEGinTN says:

      This made me cry.

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    • ladypenquin says:

      Absolutely. It’s also why the media doesn’t get why Obama was despised so much. Obama insulted whenever he could; remember the Dali Lama being escorted out the back door of WH, among the garbage bags? Or keeping Bibi waiting while Obama finished his dinner. Or giving the Queen of England a copy of your speeches…that’s all classless. It’s about class, not money.

      President Trump has always related to people in a personal way.

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  2. lurker99 says:

    “Team USA” ……. wow.

    Remember when then candidate DJT said he would be getting the best people to get things done ?

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  3. And it’s that little gesture right there, that will be remembered for a very long time πŸ™‚

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Mark don’t be shocked that Abe lifts the ban on US Beef in the very near future. Also keep in mind that Abe has spent the most amount of money on his military hardware since WWII. You and I both know who he is buying that hardware from!

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      • fleporeblog says:

        https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Japan-s-defense-ministry-eyes-record-fiscal-2017-budget

        From the article linked above:

        TOKYO — The Japanese defense ministry plans to request a record 5.1 trillion yen ($51 billion) or so in the fiscal 2017 budget amid growing concerns over China and North Korea.

        The ministry sees another increase as necessary for next fiscal year amid growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

        A portion of the requested budget will go toward joint development of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA with the U.S. The next-generation missiles will be deployed on Aegis-equipped destroyers of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.

        The Block IIA will be able to shoot down incoming missiles at an altitude of 1,000km or more, compared with roughly 300km for the existing SM-3s. Japan and the U.S. are working to improve the new model’s capability in response to a North Korean Musudan missile whose altitude exceeded 1,000km in a June launch.

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      • Fleporeblog,
        I brought this VERY ISSUE up at the coffee shop today. All the farmers said;”You don’t know what you’re talking about” and scoffed.

        Something tells me that I may just have the last laugh πŸ™‚

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      • Pretty sure that ban has already been lifted – our Governor Ricketts just made a trade trip to Japan and secured agreements, some for beef.

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        • Jimmy Jack says:

          To be fair, we have a long way to go in getting our livestock on exclusively glass fed diets and cut out antibiotic and steroid use. It’s hurting our health long term not to have this.

          I confess, the ground beef I usually buy is from Australia NV they’re standards are higher than ours on organic beef. The butcher clued me in to this. And it’s $2 a pound cheaper.

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          • wondering999 says:

            The steroid stuff bothers me too Jimmy Jack. We had an incident in our family of an autoimmune disease similar to lupus, and hormones aggravate that kind of thing. People with lupus can’t take birth control pills, but a lot of our beef cattle are given hormones to make them “beefier”.
            And, I like beef… but wouldn’t want to someone at my dinner table to get sick from it. Even a little bit of hormone might be too much depending on the person and their size. Of course, all of us are a lot bigger than the average in the 1960s
            http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/The-facts-about-hormones-and-beef-169217746.html

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          • This is true, especially here in NE where corn is king. I can’t say I agree with strictly grass-fed beef (one needs a little bit of fat for flavor) but certainly agree with cutting out the antibiotics and steroids, not to mention other medications. I worked in No. VA in Fairfax Cty. as a vet-tech years ago, then worked as a vet-tech briefly here in NE in 2015 – MAJOR difference since I was now working with cows/sheep rather than horses and pets. I was astonished at the amounts of medication given to these animals!!!! SMH – I didn’t stay long – far too brutal for me.

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  4. rsanchez1990 says:

    Our President really knocks diplomacy out of the park. I bet Xi Jingping wishes he was that close to President Trump.

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  5. Gil says:

    Considerate, thoughtful, and major RESPECT.
    That’s how you treat an ally and friend.
    Thats my POTUS.

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  6. trialbytruth says:

    Two scoops?

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  7. Pam says:

    That is pretty awesome.

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    • NewNonna!!! says:

      I love the looks on the faces of the men on either side of Abe!!

      Genius, pure Trump genius!

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      • NewNonna!!! says:

        And look at that proud lil boy look on our President’s face as he gvs his characteristic thumbs up!! Love it!!

        πŸ‘‰πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘ˆβ€οΈπŸ¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ˜‰

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  8. fedback says:

    Thumbs up from President Trump
    The ultimate birthday present

    Liked by 17 people

  9. Minnie says:

    Diplomacy πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    Liked by 12 people

  10. WSB says:

    Abe only got one scoop!!!!!!!

    Happy Birthday, Prime Minister Abe!

    Liked by 8 people

  11. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Nice touch – China must be freaking……

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    • gfgustav says:

      Do you suppose, IJS, that they noticed the three flags in the backdrop to the US delegation? Three of the “six” I believe, for the “six-party talks.”

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      • i'm just sayin'.. says:

        The flags may be an acknowledgement and celebration of what President Trump said at the UN and that these nations are identifying with it.
        β€œThe nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity and peace for themselves and for the world.”

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      • rsanchez1990 says:

        I bet Xi Jingping is scrambling to memorize the name of Vladimir Putin’s wife (and Kim Jong-Un’s many concubines, for that matter), trying to manufacture the closeness between his half of the six parties that President Trump has built with his half.

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        • wondering999 says:

          I suspect there are a lot of people who like the Chinese influence that comes into their countries…recently watched a Chinese TV special about the Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway. They also do medical/dental clinics etc. for people who otherwise wouldn’t have access.

          I’m glad when I see our U.S. Government stepping up the diplomacy (not just bribery to leaders or snobbery, but real gestures that mean something to people)

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          • wondering999 says:

            “….perhaps the biggest star of the day was China, which designed the system, supplied the trains and imported hundreds of engineers for the six years it took to plan and build the 466-mile line. And the $4 billion cost? Chinese banks provided nearly all the financing.

            “Having constructed one of the world’s most extensive and modern rail networks at home, China is taking its prodigious resources and expertise global. Chinese-built subway cars will soon appear in Chicago and Boston, Beijing is building a $5 billion high-speed rail line in Indonesia, and the Chinese government recently christened new rail freight service between London and Beijing. Another ambitious system in the works, the 2,400-mile Pan-Asia Railway Network, would link China to Laos, Thailand and Singapore.

            “But few places are being reshaped by China’s overseas juggernaut like Africa, a continent that has seen relatively little new railroad construction in a century.”

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    • Janie M. says:

      i’m, while optics are important, I believe this is a genuine gesture (not strategic) because President Trump respects, TRUSTS and likes PM Abe and visa versa. China will always be the odd man out from the perimeter looking in.

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  12. Publius2016 says:

    πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‡±πŸ‡·

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  13. In Az says:

    Awesome!!
    My mother’s oldest brother married a Japanese woman who was born and raised in Japan.

    My daughter became best friends three years ago with a Japanese exchange student. To this day they send all kinds of stuff to each other that can not be gotten in their native countries. For example… the Japanese friend loves oatmeal and it is not available in Japan.

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  14. Aubergine says:

    We’re Americans again! This is just how we behave on the world stage. THANKING GOD every day that we got this man to be our President!

    Liked by 19 people

    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      Yep. Thank GOD we no longer “have” to apologize for who and what we are.

      The (no-so- ) great impøster apologized to the miscreants and tyrants every chance that he got. He should have apologized for being a fraud, a fake, and a crook…

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  15. jackphatz says:

    Optics…. seen around the world!

    Liked by 8 people

  16. G3 says:

    Nice work, Team USA!

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  17. deplorabledooku says:

    PDJ Trump: Great optics -> Huge persuasion = Huge Results
    WAY BIGLY THAN (Madeleine Halfbright + Lurch Heinz + Hitlery) = Less than Chamberlain + $$$$

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  18. NJF says:

    Very nice!!!!

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  19. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Too cute. He looks pleasantly surprised.

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  20. fedback says:

    This is a fascinating video from the UN luncheon
    President Trump enters the room and completely owns the room
    Then at 2.30 min Shinzo Abe sees the President, the deep bond between them is obvious
    Great stuff

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  21. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    I’m so proud to have this thoughtful man as our president! And our whole delegation seemed to be honoring him.

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  22. JM Covfefe says:

    Think I would get nervous when the bring out the cake. Especially if is really delicious chocolate cake.

    The timing of all of this is no accident. I’d bet there are many eyeballs staring at little rocket man right now. Waiting for his reaction.

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  23. annieoakley says:

    The only name calling against our President is from Iran, NK and our lame Senate and Representatives. OUR country is his biggest negative right now.

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    • Q&A says:

      During the primaries, as an escape, I started watching NHK, a Japanese PBS-type TV network. It has short (aprox. 30 min) shows alternating with Japanese and Asian centric newscasts. Almost daily, their news sympathetically showed protests of the US Okinawa base, complete with interviews of the governor as well as various protesters referring to the US military as invaders. Even Abe seemed uncomfortable in answering questions and remain non-committal.

      When DJT won, the news readers practically sneered his name, referring to him as Trlump, not President Trump. Probably like our PBS network, NHK is run by liberals. This went on until Trump honored Abe with his first foreign leader meeting after the primary. After that, a memo must have gone out because the ungrateful attitude and disrespect disappeared. Now, there are no televised protests – not a hint, but lots of coverage of NK missiles and the US response as well as the US promise of support for Japan. I wonder if this attitude change towards Trump and the US is reflected in the Japanese population. Fearing for my life and having a protector close by would definitely change my perspective.

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      • Michelle says:

        Interesting post! Thanks for sharing!

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Thank you for this information. Very interesting.

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      • Tegan says:

        I’ve visited Japan on several occasions and always stay with Japanese families who have a keen interest in America. I do not profess to be an expert in any manner of Japanese matters, only a long-term personal relationship and observations. It has always bothered me that their source of information is our own very liberal media and their opinions are solely based on that bias. My closest Japanese friends were incredulous that we supported and voted for President Trump. I almost always send news that pertains to American-Japanese relations to them (including the birthday celebration today) so they can get a much different version.

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  24. Trumppin says:

    😀😀😀😀 You just know every democrat is pissed as Trump/Abe Light up Social Media 😀😀😀😀
    ha ha ha!

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  25. Curry Worsham says:

    Abe Birthday to you!

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  26. CiscoKid says:

    I’m hoping that HRC and Barry the Failure see this and lose sleep over it.
    😼 Bad kitty.

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  27. 804hokie says:

    A real, American Statesman

    Liked by 6 people

  28. 94corvette says:

    But, did President Trump give him an iPod with his speeches on it?

    Liked by 5 people

  29. Sue in MT says:

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT! πŸ™‚

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  30. Trump built an empire in real estate and HOSPITALITY

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  31. Bravo. POTUS knows how to treat people. It is obvious all of the world leaders love our President. What a difference from the past. And the MSM didn’t think the POTUS had foreign policy skills. He and his teams’ skills are impressive to say the least.

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  32. Kristin says:

    Masterful but also very classy. We are so truly blessed with our President and his cabinet.

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  33. MaineCoon says:

    Such a meaningful gesture. No wonder PM Abe calls him Donald.

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  34. Kerry Gimbel says:

    Hillary would just offer some kind of reset button!

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  35. daughnworks247 says:

    Genuine and heartfelt. Can’t fake it.
    Well done Trump team.

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  36. Markus says:

    You may not be aware but Shinzo Abe has been the target of a year-long media coup attempt himself. He got out of it by the skin of his teeth. His popularity has been on the up since his credible appearances on the world stage have occurred. General election next month. The media are supporting their own Hillary-the governor of Tokyo.

    Seth Korea was a media coup too.

    The Far East has been far more deeply infected by the rot than people realize.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Didn’t know this and went to look. Yes, nasty article from JapanTimes. And look what else
      I came across along the way
      https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/19/national/media-national/japan-grapples-new-arrivals/#.WcWf2zlrxo4
      “Suzuki then…visits a mosque named Madina Masjid Toda…Separated by a curtain from the space for worshippers is a room filled with futon bedding and storage trunks stacked in the corners.

      “This is where members of the congregation, unable to rent apartments, temporarily reside. Mostly visa overstayers, they had previously been detained …but are on β€œtemporary parole” and have been taken in by the mosque..

      “While Japan has no immigrant ghettos per se, the presence of a large foreign population is indicative of other problems in society, some of them economic. Nikkan Gendai (Aug. 15) reports that of the 300 pupils at the No. 1 Takahama Elementary School in Maihama New Town, close to Tokyo Disney Resort, 40 percent are Chinese nationals. A decade ago the figure was 20 percent.”

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  37. Looking at these pics. I’d say there’s mutual respect from all sides. The guy to the right to Abe seems like he’s enjoying his leader being recognized.

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  38. trumpfan1 says:

    This is PR.

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  39. Icandy55 says:

    That’s so nice to see.

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  40. sukietawdry says:

    Did they sing? I’d like to hear that.

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