While the second state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic has expanded in Japan, the incumbent U.S. president faced a second impeachment in Washington. In the final week of his presidency, as seen from Tokyo, the Trump administration seems to be desperate to leave a legacy.

Domestically in the United States, Donald Trump challenged the result of the 2020 presidential election, which he portrayed as “stolen.” He first filed a series of unsuccessful lawsuits to overturn the results in several battleground states and finally he incited a group of faithful supporters to physically storm the Capitol building.

Despite the second impeachment, which was more powerful than the first one with 10 defiant Republican congressmen voting in favor of it, Trump may not yet be convicted in a Senate trial. He reportedly even plans to pardon himself together with his close family members before he leaves the White House on Jan. 20.