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Trump said the USA runs deficits with many countries including Japan and South Korea. -North Korea summit as well as stem a slide in his voter support ratings.

With a historic summit between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, less than two weeks away - followed by a possible summit between Kim and Donald Trump - Japan has found itself left out in the diplomatic cold.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe and Trump will play golf as they did on the sidelines of the previous summits in Florida and Japan a year ago to "further bolster the two leaders' relationship of trust". Another golf outing, as at their Mar-a-Lago and Tokyo meetings in 2017, is being planned, a Japanese official said.

"Having been surprised by Trump's decision to meet with Kim, Abe is determined to convince the U.S. president to take a skeptical approach to Pyongyang", said Tobias Harris, vice-president of Teneo Intelligence, a Washington-based advisory firm. Japan's Prime Minister wants reassurance that the US won't let Kim Jong Un wriggle out of sanctions with more empty promises of denuclearization.

Yu Uchiyama, a political science professor at the University of Tokyo, said Abe will try to make sure the two leaders are on the same page on North Korea. At stake are Mr Abe's personal credibility and Japan's long-term security.

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They can all-but do that in front of their own supporters at Molineux on Sunday when they host Birmingham . Dalrymple said: "What he's brought in has been fantastic". "He came in, he changed the playing style".

But Trump is unpredictable, Uchiyama said, and an unfavorable result could further damage Abe's weakening leadership position.

Another potential risk for Abe is that in Trump will agree to broach Japan's concerns with Kim, but only in return for concessions on trade.

Tokyo is preparing to propose setting up a new framework to discuss trade involving the two countries, in the hope of Washington rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, according to a government source.

During his sixth face-to-face talks with Trump, Abe is also expected to seek to win an exemption from steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Washington recently invoked. Trump pulled the USA out of TPP shortly after his inauguration in early 2017.

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