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Trump speaks about coming trip to Japan

US President Donald Trump has stressed the significance of visiting Japan as a state guest at the beginning of the country’s new Imperial era.


Trump will begin his four-day visit to Japan on Saturday. He will meet the new Emperor and Empress and hold a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Speaking to reporters at the White House on Thursday, Trump said, “With all the countries of the world I am the guest of honor at the biggest event that they’ve had in over 200 years.”


Japan’s new era of Reiwa began on May 1, following the first Imperial succession from a living Emperor in more than 200 years.


Trump quoted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe specifically telling him, “You are the guest of honor. There is only one guest of honor.”


Trump made the remarks to reporters when he was asked about trade negotiations with Japan. He did not answer that question.


Trump and Abe are expected to discuss bilateral trade, but a senior US administration official suggested that the focus of Trump’s Japan visit will be on celebrating Japan’s new era.

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