Japan’s Strange Golf-Buddy Theory Of Deterrence

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“Abe probably ‘felt he had no choice but to pursue a campaign of abject flattery’[.]” Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had played golf with former US President Donald Trump when the latter was still in office. Although Abe claims that golf is for deterrence, it may actually be a tactic to preserve US-Japan ties. Donald Trump was anti-Asian, anti-alliance, and sometimes anti-Japan, so Abe likely cultivated their friendship to lessen the chance that Trump and the US would abandon Japan if they were ever attacked. Read full article here

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