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Trump first foreign leader to be received by new Japanese emperor

Tokyo, May 27 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States on Monday became the first foreign leader to be received in audience by the new emperor of Japan who ascended the throne on May 1 after the abdication of his father.

Donald Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday for an official visit that will end Tuesday. In addition to meeting Emperor Naruhito, he will also attend a series of meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Monday morning Trump arrived at the Imperial Palace accompanied by his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.

He was greeted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako as well as Abe and members of the Imperial Family.

After greeting the guard of honor comprising 92 soldiers at the Imperial Palace’s East Gardens, Trump entered the palace to converse with Emperor Naruhito.

This is Trump's second meeting with a Japanese emperor. In 2017 he met with Naruhito's father Akihito who abdicated the throne on Apr. 30.

Trump wore his usual dark suit and red tie while Melania was dressed in a mid-length white dress with floral embroidery.

Emperor Naruhito received them in a dark suit and powder blue tie accompanied by Empress Masako who was dressed in a cream skirt and jacket ensemble with a matching hat.

While this is Trump's second visit to Japan, he is here as a state guest with his primary agenda being to meet the new emperor.

During the initial greetings in the palace garden, there were political representatives of Japan and members of the Trump delegation, including National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Dozens of children and adults waved flags of both nations as Trump approached the venue.

The meeting between Trump and Naruhito, along with their respective wives, lasted about half an hour.

Following the conclusion of the royal visit, Trump went to attend his meetings with Abe and the rest of his team.

On Sunday, Trump and Abe played a round of golf in Chiba before attending a sumo wrestling match and having dinner.

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US-Japan trade announcement could come in August, Trump says

Tokyo, May 27 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States on Monday said that announcements regarding trade agreements with Japan could be made sometime in August.

"Trade-wise, I think we'll be announcing some things, probably in August," Donald Trump said in Tokyo before a formal meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his official visit to Japan.

Talks to reach a new trade agreement has been ongoing in Washington and Tokyo, but the latest round of negotiations on Saturday ended with some unresolved issues, and resumption of the negotiations is pending new dates.

Trump reiterated his view of the "tremendous imbalance" in trade between Tokyo and Washington with a Japanese surplus, one of the reasons motivating the US to negotiate a new agreement with Japan.

"We have to do a little catching up with Japan because they have been doing much more business with us. We'd like to do a little more business in the reverse," he said.

"We'll get the balance of trade, I think, straightened out rapidly," he added.

On Sunday Trump said that a large part of the negotiations will have to wait until the Japanese Upper House elections scheduled for July, in which Abe's party hopes to revalidate its majority.

The US is seeking greater access to the Japanese market, especially in products such as beef, pork and wheat.

Japan is expanding its markets in those sectors with products from Australia or New Zealand, thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from which the Trump administration withdrew.

Tokyo is calling for lower US tariffs on Japanese industrial products, including vehicles - one of its main exports.

Trump and Abe held informal talks on Sunday, with formal meetings planned for Monday, including a one-on-one discussion to be followed by another with their respective delegations.

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