It’s a vital relationship President Donald Trump wants to overhaul, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe isn’t so keen.
The two leaders are expected to talk about trade and other top issues such as North Korea during Abe’s visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort that starts Tuesday.
Japan is the United States’ fourth biggest trading partner and a key military ally in Asia. But Trump is unhappy about trade between the two countries, which he has described as “not fair” and “not open.”
Japan sells far more goods to the United States than it buys back, creating a surplus of nearly $70 billion at the end of last year. Countries that run big surpluses with the United States — especially China, which has by far the biggest — have been frequent targets of Trump’s ire.