FROM Shihoko Goto
Will President Trump's first foreign policy test be in Asia? Barack Obama warned Donald Trump about trouble from North Korea, and his prediction is coming true. With North Korea's missile tests and America's missile defenses, China says they're like trains accelerating toward one another. China itself feels threatened, and South Korea, where the defenses are being installed, has just kicked its president out of office. Meantime, North Korea's Kim Jung Un appears to have orchestrated the public assassination of his half-brother. Is all this building up to a regional crisis?
Full Trump treatment for the Japanese prime minister President Trump appeared at the White House today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe — a head of state who's getting days of face time with America's new chief executive. When a Japanese reporter asked President Trump about tense relations with China since he was elected, Trump mentioned his conversation yesterday with the President of China. "I think we are on the process of getting along very well and I think it will be a benefit to Japan." Shihoko Goto, a senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Asia Program, expands on US-Asian alliances.
Comfort Women Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked about "comfort women" at a joint White House press conference with President Obama this week. He's been under pressure to apologize for the treatment of so-called "comfort women," tens of thousands of young women who were used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. Abe will be here in Los Angeles tomorrow, meeting with Mayor Garcetti, and Korean-American activists are expected to protest.
Obama, Abe Address Relations at White House Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was at the White House today and joined a news conference with President Obama. Speaking of the World War II enemy now a long-time American ally, the President observed, "We have seen over multiple decades that Japan is a peace-loving country, having absorbed some very difficult lessons from the past. Japan does not engage in aggression on the international stage or in its region." Shihoko Goto is an associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Asia Program , focusing on Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.