We’ve already seen some of the effects that the results of the recent U.S. election have had. Manga artists who expected a Hillary victor have had to throw away hard work, and the sales of rubber Trump masks in Japan have skyrocketed.
But according to the Japanese newspaper Tokyo Sports, there might be another unexpected result of Donald Trump becoming the next U.S. president: his daughter, Ivanka Trump, may become the ambassador to Japan.
Ivanka has no political experience to speak of – similar to her father, she spent most of her life working in business and, later, modeling.
Ivanka is an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, along with her brothers Donald Jr. and Eric. She joined the company in 2005. According to a 2013 Forbes article, she specializes in acquisitions and design of the company's buildings, but her role stretches well beyond that.
"Ivanka was always a natural-born dealmaker," Donald Trump is quoted saying in the article. "But she's become a very good builder and manager." She was praised at the time for leading the deals for two major projects, the Doral Resort & Spa in Miami and the renovation of the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
Ivanka and her brothers won't have formal roles in their father's administration, but there is speculation about what their influence will be. The three were appointed to the transition team and have been advisors throughout the campaign.
There are also conflict-of-interest concerns about the three taking over the Trump Organization when their father becomes president. Donald Trump has called the transfer a blind trust, but in order for it to be a blind trust, the new owners would need to be independent outsiders, not family members, and the assets of the company couldn't be known to Trump, which isn't the case.
Ivanka founded her own fine jewelry line and fashion collection. The company began as jewelry for professional women and then expanded to including apparel, fragrances, sunglasses and other accessories. It also started a "Women Who Work" campaign, which offers advice and shares experiences of professional women.
The company received some criticism for promoting its products after Ivanka was seen wearing one of the jewelry line's bracelets during a "60 Minutes" interview with her father and after she wore one of the company's dresses to the Republican National Convention.
The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino has done us all the good service of leafing through Ivanka Trump’s The Trump Card, a 2009 self-help book that allows readers to understand how to get ahead in life with nothing more than a millionaire father and a world-famous surname.
Tolentino’s story is filled with eyebrow-raising anecdotes straight from the mouth, or pen, or laptop, or ghostwriter, of an Ivanka Trump who, on the day of the book’s release, was weeks away from turning 28 years old. But one paragraph in particular stands out as especially, er, quite something.
The image of the Trump family’s bodyguard, driver and maids having to hand over their own money to satisfy Ivanka’s desire to make “the best of a bad situation” would be quite enough to elicit some sort of emotion from most people. But add in the use of the word “advantages” to describe living within less affluent means, and the story becomes all the sweeter.
Donald Trump has pledged to bring long-lost American manufacturing jobs back from China. But he may be too late – even for products that bear his family name. A Chinese company that makes shoes for his daughter’s fashion line is moving production to Africa, where labor is much cheaper.
The billionaire tycoon has frequently accused China of stealing US jobs through unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, while simultaneously relying on the country to make Trump-branded goods. But the kind of work that goes into making such products may never return to America, says the president of major footwear producer Huajian Group. Zhang Huarong, speaking in his office in the southern factory hub of Dongguan, said: ‘Some manufacturers can’t even survive in China any more.’
His company has made about 100,000 pairs of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes over the years, according to spokesman Liu Shiyuan. In August it filled an order for 20,000 pairs, just weeks after Trump accepted the Republican nomination, with a speech in which he vowed to bring jobs back to the US. Trump said he planned to impose a 45 per cent tariff on Chinese-made goods.
Mr Zhang said he can hire five Ethiopians for the price of one Chinese worker. That is why the company is building a ‘light industrial city’ shaped like a woman’s shoe in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, he said. The sprawling campus will feature factories, dormitories, a hotel and a hospital, all bounded by a replica of the Great Wall.