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The period February-April has witnessed an outpouring of Japanese articles on ties with the United States (as Trump sets his Asia policies and meets with Abe before meeting with Xi Jinping), China (as Japan toughened its stance toward North Korea and South Korea, while readying for the Trump challenge), Russia (as Abe prepared for a late April follow-up summit with Putin amid uncertain fluctuations in Russo-US relations), South Korea (as the election of a new president approached amid strong concern that the result would complicate regional security), and North Korea. With Northeast Asia in extraordinary flux, the Japanese kept searching for clarity on how problems would be resolved. By April, the number one focus was Sino-US relations and North Korea with South Korea left in the shadows.

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