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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows at the end of a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo June 26, 2013

Israel offended Japan’s prime minister by serving him dessert in a shoe, something ‘despised’ by Japanese people

A dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and their wives last week was interrupted by an offensive cultural faux pas: Dessert was served in a shoe, which Japanese people apparently hate.

Trump had some oddly kind words for Kim Jong Un at a press conference with Japan’s PM

Trump has frequently and harshly criticized North Korea for its nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile tests, but often mixed in some light praise.
US President Donald Trump (C) shakes hands with with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next to his wife, US First Lady Melania Trump (centre R) and Japanese First Lady Akie Abe (front 5th R) during an event meeting with families who have had relatives abducted by North Korea, at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017.

Trump delivered Japan a huge win on one part of the US’s coming talks with North Korea

While it's a much-needed political win for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an expert says abductees' families shouldn't put their hope in President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump.

‘I’ll never beat that record’: Trump praises Barbara and George HW Bush’s 73-year marriage

President Donald Trump offered his condolences for the family members of former first lady Barbara Bush.
US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he arrives for talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 17, 2018.

Trump talks trade and riffs on nuclear weapons during a news conference with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

The US president and the Japanese prime minister talked to reporters on Wednesday after meeting on a number of issues at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
An Afghan man walks past graffiti that reads 'Infidel must be dead.'

NO ENTRY: How Japan’s shockingly low refugee intake is shaped by the paradox of isolation, a demographic time bomb, and the fear of North Korea

Japan accepts few refugees. In 2017, Japan accepted only 20 refugees, but the reasons for this are more complex than they appear.
Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump.

Japan is slipping into the background as China, South Korea, and the US take the lead on North Korea talks

Beijing contacted both Washington and Seoul about Kim's visit but Tokyo was left scrambling to contact the Chinese government.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is losing his grip on power at the worst possible time

Certain missteps are to blame, like when a school with ties to Abe's wife was given an 85% discount on state-owned land and related documents were altered.