By writing off South Korean President Moon Jae-in as an anti-Japan radical, Tokyo risks finding an enemy where none exists.
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The U.S. president's approval ratings are dismal, but he remains popular with his base and Republican leaders don't see him as a liability yet.
There are significant incentives — commercial, security and more — for Japan to maintain a strong relationship with the U.S.
Ultimately Japan will need to choose between over-committing to Trump for the sake of maintaining good relations, or tolerating Trump's anger and all that may come with it.
Shinzo Abe needs to act with care as the Trump administration will provide confusion instead of serving Washington's traditional role as a stabilizing force.
Decision-makers in Tokyo and the rest of Asia must determine how to deal pragmatically with incoming U.S. President Donald Trump.
There's certainly a path to ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but it's an extremely narrow path and there's almost no room for error.