Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hailed the Japan-U.S. agreement on goods trade — the talks on which he wrapped up with U.S. President Donald Trump and inked a joint statement in New York on Sept. 25 — as a “win-win” deal that benefits all the people of the two countries. However, the agreement is nothing short of a scheme to help Trump win farmers’ votes in the U.S. Midwest and get re-elected next year. Indeed, the deal represents a loss for the people of both countries.

In a U.S. presidential race, the results of most states are largely known even before the vote, For example, California will vote for a Democrat candidate and Texas will go to the Republicans. What determines the race is the outcome in the 10 or so swing states, and many swing states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa are located in the Midwest.

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