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Trump, Abe hold 'very candid discussion'

dpadpa 17/11/2016 Takehiko Kambayashi

Donald Trump has had his first foray into international diplomacy in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling it a "very candid discussion".

Japan has expressed satisfaction following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's face-to-face talks with Donald Trump in New York, despite remarks made during the president-elect's campaign that alarmed Tokyo.

The two countries got off to "a very good start," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in Tokyo on Friday.

Abe, who became the first foreign leader to hold a meeting with Trump on Thursday, said the president-elect is a leader he can trust.

"I renewed my conviction that, together with Mr Trump, I will be able to build a personal relationship of trust," Abe told reporters following the 90-minute meeting at Trump's gilded Manhattan penthouse.

"Despite his extremely busy schedule, he was kind enough to receive me," Abe said.

The premier said the pair had had a "very candid discussion" in a "warm atmosphere" but declined to provide details of the unofficial meeting.

"We agreed to meet again at a mutually convenient time for a more intensive discussion to cover a wide range of issues," he said.

"It was a pleasure to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stop by my home and begin a great friendship," Trump posted on his Facebook with a photo of the pair.

Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner joined the meeting, as did retired intelligence officer General Michael Flynn, who advised the president-elect during his campaign.

From the Japanese side, only Abe and a translator took part, Kyodo News agency reported.

Trump has offered the post of national security adviser to Flynn, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Japan's media christened Trump the "king of verbal abuse" during his election campaign, which was dogged by accusations of racism, misogyny and sexual assault.

Trump sparked concern in Tokyo when he repeatedly said that Japan, which hosts several US military bases, should pay more for its protection, especially amid rising nuclear threats from North Korea and growing Chinese military might.

The bombastic billionaire also suggested that Japan may want to pursue the acquisition of nuclear weapons, a deeply sensitive issue in Japan, which is the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack.

In addition, Japanese business leaders are wary of Trump's protectionist stance after he promised to reduce imports into the US and support more manufacturing at home.

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