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President Trump to hold summit with Abe, meet with Emperor, Empress

NHK reported this morning that President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will hold a meeting today, during which they are expected to confirm mutual coordination toward North Korea in achieving the denuclearization and resolving the abduction issue. They are also likely to discuss trade issues, with the broadcaster projecting that since the two sides remain apart on specific issues, such as autos and agriculture, the two leaders will probably merely affirm accelerating consultations by lower-ranking officials. Abe is reportedly set to underscore corporate Japan’s active business investment in America in a bid to deflect the President’s trade pressure. The President and the premier are also expected to discuss cooperation on WTO reform and the reduction of microplastics at sea with the goal of making the G20 summit in Osaka in June a success. Iran, China, and Russia will also be high on the agenda in the U.S.-Japan summit. The commercial broadcasters added that President Trump and the First Lady will have an audience with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace ahead of the summit. The President will also reportedly meet with selected family members of the Japanese abductees. The family members reportedly have high expectations for the U.S. leader’s continued support to win back their loved ones.

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