Trump Arrives in Japan as 1st State Guest in Reiwa Era

Politics

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump arrived at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda on Saturday afternoon, as the first state guest in Japan since new Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement and the start of the new era of Reiwa in the country, both on May 1.

While on board a plane carrying him to Japan, Trump said on Twitter that he is "looking forward to honoring, on behalf of the United States, His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan."

The president also said he will discuss trade and defense issues with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders are scheduled to hold summit talks in Tokyo on Monday.

The Japan visit by Trump, the second since his inauguration in January 2017, is aimed at demonstrating that the Japan-U.S. alliance will remain strong in the new Japanese era and contribute to peace and prosperity in the international community.

His first presidential visit to the Asian country took place in November 2017, but not under the state guest scheme.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press