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The second U.S.-North Korea summit meeting in Hanoi was a fiasco and provided no relief for Japan. During U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to Vietnam, his former attorney Michael Cohen testified in Congress, calling the president as a racist, a con man and a cheat. Pyongyang sliced salami too thin for Trump to taste it. Pundits in Tokyo still wonder why this happened.

As a former Japanese diplomat, I have been marveling why many writers or experts in Tokyo were quoted as saying “No deal is better than a bad deal” or “Japan is quietly celebrating the collapse of the Hanoi summit deal.” Woo, they don’t seem to get it. Personally I don’t give a damn about such short-sighted shallow analyses.

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