This article in the Sankei News 産経ニュース, covers the latest (?) shake-up in the Trump White House. It also shows Japanese readers how the event was portrayed in news media outlets both in the US and abroad.
The title is rather long in English, “The Ripple Effect of Bannon’s Dismissal, [Trump’s] Most Influential Advisor–US Papers: ‘The Problem is Now Trump is on His Own,’ Israeli Papers: ‘[Bannon’s] Resignation Poses even Greater Danger.'”
The article begins with really emphasizing how influential Bannon has been, both during the run up to Trump’s election as well as during the first six months of his presidency, crediting Bannon with Trump’s anti-globalization stance and his “America First” policies.
It then continues to show the contrasting coverage in US and Israeli newspapers of Bannon’s early exit . The US papers are said to portray this as a positive step for Trump’s beleaguered administration, while the Israeli papers see Bannon’s departure as threatening.
For the US, Bannon’s sayonara will offer Trump’s administration a chance to re-group and re-organize–to right the ship, so to speak.
For Israel, Bannon’s anti-Israel stance will only be amplified once he is free of the White House’s burden, where veteran GOP leaders presumably have placed a gag order on his most inflammatory ideas.
These last six PLUS months, ordinary Japanese citizens have really had trouble trying to understand what to make of [President] Trump. Translators who are tasked with putting his “speeches” into Japanese often find themselves at a loss–not so much with his scripted speech, but with his off the wall free-talking that appears to follow no logical flow and is often unrelated to the topic at hand.
US-Japan policy experts also have had the rug pulled out from underneath them multiple times these last months, as Trump continues to reverse, re-write, and regress US policy with Japan and the greater Asian region.
So when it comes to Trump’s most influential adviser leaving the White House, what I think this Sankei News article is saying to its readers is, “Not even the US, UK, or Israel know what to make of it! We’re not alone in our uncertainty!”
*NOTE: Sankei News describes itself as a “reactionary and center-right political newspaper.” It’s newspaper enjoys the sixth highest circulation in Japan.