NPR: In Japan, Vice President Pence Pushes For Bilateral Trade Deal: it seems our VP has run into a brick wall that is easy to see, I have drawn many cartoons about this matter. The US has run this trade deficit with Japan all my long life. And it adds up! And more: we defend Japan at great personal cost, too. And worse: Japan is literally dying. They are no longer reproducing much in the way of children, the people are perpetually poor and nothing changes, it is constant home depression and super rich for the super rich who fly above all this. And it is bad for Americans.