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President Trump to visit Japan May 26-28 as state guest to meet with Emperor

Sankei reported in its lead story on Monday that it learned from several sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations on Sunday that the Japanese and U.S. governments are making arrangements for President Trump to visit Japan from May 26 to May 28 as the first state guest to meet with the new Emperor after he ascends the throne on May 1. The paper claimed that the President is also expected to attend the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28-29, noting that it is extremely unusual for a U.S. president make two visits to Japan in two months. Coordination is also reportedly underway for President Trump to play golf with Prime Minister Abe and attend a sumo tournament while he is in Tokyo. Today’s Mainichi and Nikkei published similar stories, with Nikkei speculating that Abe is anxious to give President Trump the red carpet treatment so he can use his close ties with the U.S. leader as negotiating leverage to resolve the abduction issue with North Korea and seal a peace treaty with Russia by settling the Northern Territories dispute. 

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