If only 107,000 votes in three Rust Belt states had shifted to the left, Donald Trump would not be president.
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At a variety of levels Saudi Arabia is deeply engaged economically with Japan, and in many areas beyond oil.
Defeat in the November midterms made reviving the wall issue imperative for the U.S. president.
Young women could well be the core of a "blue wave" of opposition to the Trump administration in U.S. congressional races this fall.
A framework must be created that all key parties have an incentive to maintain.
Japan and the U.S. must respond effectively to Pyongyang's subtle seduction of Seoul.
From the standpoint of global stability and enlightened American national interest, this is an unusually important time for Trump to seriously engage with Asia's leaders.
The Trump administration's conscious abdication of global leadership leaves a big vacuum China is willing to fill, but without the legalistic and transparent niceties long favored by the U.S.
Japanese officials and their private-sector colleagues will need to be creative and ambitious in developing economic cooperation concepts with the U.S. that match the scale and importance of the "Ron-Yasu" years.
Brexit's shockwaves will impact Japan and China in different ways.