Trump, His Wife Attend Imperial Banquet in Tokyo

Society

Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended a banquet hosted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.

"My wish is that people in both countries will widen the scope of cooperation, deepen stable bonds further and contribute to world peace and prosperity for the hopeful future," said the Emperor in a greeting.

Trump and Melania, who became Japan's first state guests since the new era of Reiwa began on May 1 in line with the Emperor's enthronement, arrived at the palace shortly past 7 p.m. (10 a.m. GMT).

The banquet, held at the palace's largest hall, Homei-Den, was attended by 165 people, including Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and other Imperial family members as well as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie.

Also invited were Japanese professional golf player Isao Aoki, who played with Trump and Abe on Sunday, and Kyoto University Prof. Shinya Yamanaka, who won the 2012 Noble Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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