Experts from Washington analyzed that Japan's export curbs on South Korea come from Abe's political calculations and in the end, they will have a negative impact on the U.S.
At a seminar held in New York on Wednesday, Scott Seaman, director for Asia at political consulting firm Eurasia Group said the Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute comes from the PM's efforts to use diplomatic issues to distract the Japanese people from the struggling local economy.
Another expert at the seminar said Abe is weaponizing Japan's asymmetric inter-dependence with Korea.
Analysts warned that worsening Korea-Japan relations will also hurt America and will be an opportunity for China and Russia.
But they saw little possibility of President Trump getting involved in the issue as both countries are allies with the U.S.