Japan's leader reportedly nominated Trump for Nobel Prize at Washington's urging

White House nudged Japanese PM Abe to nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize: report

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recommended President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, in response to a request from the USA government, according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi on Sunday.

The five-strong Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides who wins the award, does not comment on nominations, keeping secret for 50 years the names of nominators and unsuccessful nominees.

"However, President Moon has been emphasizing how President Trump has made a huge contribution to bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula through summit talks with North Korea, and how his leadership and determination played a decisive role in settling a new atmosphere of peace on the Korean Peninsula", the spokesman said.

Government sources told Asahi, one of Japan's oldest and largest national newspapers, that Abe nominated Trump last fall for the peace prize at the "behest of Washington".

Mr. Trump said Mr. Abe had sent him a "beautiful copy" of a letter sent to the Nobel committee.

Trump also claimed Friday that Obama told him, as Trump prepared to take office, that "he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea".

The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday, citing unidentified government sources, that Abe had nominated Trump at the USA president's request. "If [Mr Abe] has nominated [Mr Trump], it could send the wrong message to North Korea and the global community", Yuichiro Tamaki of the opposition Democratic Party for the People said during the committee session.

The list of people who can submit nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize includes heads of state, ministers and previous winners of the award.

Abe added that Trump had also passed on to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Japan's own concerns about past abductions of Japanese citizens by the North, saying "he and the entire White House also actively cooperated in resolving the issue". The Nobel committee's website says there are 304 candidates for the 2019 prize, 219 individuals and 85 organizations.

While "everyone" certainly did not think he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, apparently Shinzo Abe, did.

Mr Abe praised Mr Trump for his efforts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Japan was forced to accept bilateral trade talks with the US after Trump threatened tariffs on its vital auto industry.

The request came months after the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12, according to the newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

"I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize"," Trump told reporters.

Mr Abe has been keen to claim progress in resolving the abduction dispute with North Korea, an important issue for his nationalist political base. 'I said thank you'.

Last year's prize was jointly awarded to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad.

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