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President Trump to visit Japan on May 25-28

All national dailies reported on Saturday morning that the GOJ decided at a cabinet meeting on Friday to invite President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to visit Japan on May 25-28 as state guests. The papers wrote that the President plans to attend a sumo tournament, visit the MSDF destroyer Kaga at Yokosuka Naval Base, and play golf with Prime Minister Abe while in Japan. Mainichi and Sankei added that the President and First Lady will meet the new Emperor and Empress and attend a state banquet at the Imperial Palace, and the President will hold talks with Prime Minister Abe on such issues as U.S.-Japan trade and how to deal with China and North Korea.


Asahi conjectured that the GOJ is demonstrating its policy of attaching importance to the United States by inviting President Trump to Japan as the first state guest to meet with the new Emperor. Yomiuri and Sankei speculated that Japan’s invitation for President Trump to visit as a state guest is intended to demonstrate to the international community the strong bonds of the U.S.-Japan alliance. The papers quoted Chief Cabinet Suga as telling the press on Friday that receiving President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump as the first state guests of the new era of Reiwa symbolizes the unshakable bonds of the Japan-U.S. alliance.

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