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Trump is good listener, frank: Japan PM




Tokyo:  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that US President Donald Trump is a “good listener”, as well as “friendly and open”, the media reported. “President Trump is surprisingly a good listener though it may seem that he isn’t. He’s also very frank and open. But he’s very committed to his campaign pledges,” Abe told public broadcaster NHK in an interview on Monday. During the interview, Abe spoke of his meetings in the US over the weekend with Trump, in which they discussed security issues such as Washington’s stance over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, a point of conflict and contention between Tokyo and Beijing.

Trump had previously suggested that Japan should pay more to maintain a US military presence in Japan. But Abe said the US President did not mention the issue during their meeting. “Defence Secretary Mattis visited Japan and said the Japanese and American cost-sharing model is an example for other nations to follow. I think that settled the issue. We were wondering whether President Trump would mention the matter, but he didn’t. Rather, he thanked Japan for the warm hospitality extended to the US Marine Corps,” the Prime Minister said.

He also discussed the North Korea’s latest missile test on Sunday, while he was still with President Trump at his resort in Florida. “President (Barack) Obama was very cautious about using military force against North Korea, calling his stance ‘strategic patience’. I believe the Trump Administration is aiming to review the stance and seek a diplomatic solution, putting all options on the table,” Abe said. The premier also believes that the Trump administration will renew its stance towards China and Russia.

“I think the US government is in the process of establishing its foreign policy against China. Right before our summit, President Trump talked for one hour over the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The timing was very good for me. President Trump and I were able to discuss how to deal with China, taking into consideration what the leaders of the US and China talked about and various other factors.” “I have also insisted that dialogue between the US and Russia is essential for resolving the issues of Syria, the Middle East, Iran and Ukraine.”  President Trump plans to hold a close dialogue with Russia,” Abe concluded.

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Instagram & Facebook Complete Ban on Conversion Therapy Content.



Facebook and Instagram have started to ban content promoting LGBT conversion therapies, including user posts.

The ban applies to practices that seek to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay or bisexual to heterosexual. On Friday, an Instagram public policy director told the BBC that the controversial content will no longer be allowed, starting this week.

“We don’t allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity and are updating our policies to ban the promotion of conversion therapy services,” an Instagram spokesperson said in a statement. “We are always reviewing our policies and will continue to consult with experts and people with personal experiences to inform our approach.”

The change will also apply to Facebook, which owns Instagram. Earlier this year, the platforms banned the promotion of conversion therapies in ads.

The new policy arrives as calls in the UK are growing for the local government to ban conversion therapies as a criminal offense. In 2018, the country pledged to outlaw the practices, but no official action has been taken. In the US, conversion therapies directed toward minors have been banned in 20 states.

The big question is how strictly Facebook and Instagram will enforce the ban when conversion therapy groups tend to have religious affiliations. To this day, civil rights activists argue Facebook in particular has been slow to stop hate speech and misinformation circulating over the platform. However, company executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have said the company wants to avoid policing free speech.

Instagram told the BBC the blanket ban will take time to implement. So user accounts and groups devoted to conversion therapies might continue to remain visible, for now.

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