President Trump goes to Japan to discuss economics and play golf.

Ben Dembinski, Staff Writer

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  On May 25, President Donald Trump took a trip to Japan. The purpose of the trip was mainly to discuss economics and reevaluate the alliance between the two countries.

  Ever since WW2 ended in 1945, Japan and the United States have been close allies, mainly due to the threat North Korea poses in the east-asian part of the world. The US supplies Japan with its main source of corn, wheat and other agricultural products, while Japan in contrast, exports a lot of vehicles and electronics to the US.

  The main contrast between the countries exports is due to the layout of the countries. Japan doesn’t have a ton of farmland or available places to raise animals. In contrast, the United States has a lot of farmland, but labor costs raise the prices of cars and electronics. What the US wants, Japan needs and vise versa.

  The economics though were just a front. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss Japan’s close alliance with the United States. The alliance has been primarily sound, with the threat of North Korea’s nukes targeting Japan, Japan has turned to the US for a lot of its protection.

  Since Kim Jong-un took power in 2011, he has tested over 25 ballistic missiles, two of which have actually gone over the tiny island country of Japan. The whole issue of North Korea has been going on since 1953 when the Korean War hit a ceasefire from which no treaty was ever signed. The ceasefire only means that the countries have stopped invading and directly attacking each other. Without a formal treaty signed North Korea could and has been carrying on its communist and nuclearist ways.

  After all the talks on economics and alliance stopped President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan, played a couple rounds of golf. The games were just a friendly gesture, but the president ended up winning both of the rounds. The rounds of golf symbolized the nature of the two countries relationship: competitive but friendly.

  A couple Lakeview students had their own opinions on the subject.

 Junior Cole Schieferstein stated, “I think it’s great we have an ally in Asia, with North Korea threatening to blow us up every other day, and the fact that the president took the time to reaffirm his support of Japan was comforting to hear.”

  Schieferstein continued, “I mean we look at alot of our electronics, and where are alot of them produced, Japan. Take Sony, a huge corporation here in the US, if we didn’t have such a strong alliance with them we wouldn’t be able to get the electronics we love so cheaply.”

  Overall the meeting was a success, so far nothing has happened since the president left on May. 28. The alliance between Japan and the US should hold, but there is nothing certain about it, especially if North Korea removes itself from the picture in south-east Asia and stops firing missiles. Without that threat Japan could see no reason to stay in the alliance and break it.  Only time will tell what happens from here.

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