Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

A spokesman for Japan's Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said the ministry was aware of US President Donald Trump's remarks but

Japanese government officials confirmed Monday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after a request from Washington a year ago, a move that could spark controversy at home and overseas. The U.S. had "informally" asked Japan to nominate Trump for the accolade following the president's landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.

Mr. Trump said Mr. Abe had sent him a "beautiful copy" of a letter sent to the Nobel committee. "He said, 'I have nominated you...' or 'Respectfully, on behalf of Japan, I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize, '" Trump said.

You may recall last may when President Trump talked frequently about deserving the Nobel Peace Prize. Trump had also addressed Japan's concerns over past abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea, Abe said, adding "he and the entire White House also actively co-operated in resolving the issue".

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 7, 2018. Japan was forced to accept bilateral trade talks with the US after Trump threatened tariffs on its vital auto industry. There are 304 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019, the highest number ever, according to the organization.

That comes a day after Trump spoke about being nominated, saying Abe had put him forward over the North Korea summit.

Tamaki said in a tweet Monday that given the lack of progress on various issues with North Korea, he was concerned such a nomination would "send the wrong message to North Korea and the rest of global society".

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United States President Donald Trump made the case on Friday that he deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on North Korea and Syria, but complained he probably would never get the honour. A very good relationship.

Trump noted on Friday that "they gave it to Obama".

The US is Japan's ally and anchor for national defense and Abe has assiduously cultivated cordial ties with Trump. 'I said thank you'. If true, this is not only an embarrassment for President Trump, but also for high ranking officials within the Japanese government.

Under the foundation's rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations can not be disclosed for 50 years.

Japanese opposition lawmaker Junya Ogawa told parliament Monday that it was "shameful for Japan" to be nominating Trump for the prize.

A second summit between the two leaders is due to take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, later this month.

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