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How to deal with the Trump tantrum?

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19.08.2019

For more than a decade, I have always stayed home during the week of Aug. 13 through 16, a period during Japan’s Bon holidays.

Buddhists believe that this is the time when their ancestors’ souls return to visit their relatives. Many Japanese either go back to their hometowns or go on vacation. Summer resorts are so crowded that one can hardly relax. So I never left Tokyo last week.

Ironically I had many more TV, radio and other media appearances than usual. Viewers and listeners can take a break, but news program producers can’t and they must broadcast something. That’s why they chose U.S. President Donald Trump as the topic, and probably me as I was one of the few commentators left in Tokyo last week.

I ended up commenting on the Trump tantrum every couple of days. The questions I was asked were nearly the same. What do you make of U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy? What about the impact of the fourth round of tariffs against imports from China? Can the United States mediate between Japan and South Korea, and will it attack Iran soon?

Although I’m sick and tired of Trump’s “tantrummy” foreign policy, I believe it is worth analyzing the reasons why the U.S. is going in such a wrong direction. Why do we often fail to comprehend the reasons the Trump administration is doomed to fail? The following is my take:

1. Trump’s persona versus his group of advisers

There seems to be a dichotomy between Trump’s personality and his foreign policy entity.........

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