US President Trump reaches Japan on four-day visit

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  • US President Donald Trump reached Japan for a four-day visit.
  • Japanese and US officials hail the relationship between Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as unprecedented.
  • The visual highlight is likely to be Trump’s visit tomorrow to the final day of the sumo tournament where he is expected to present the cup to the winner.
  • President Trump will meet Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne at the beginning of the month following his father’s historic abdication for health reasons.
  • The formal diplomatic part of the trip is limited to a short bilateral meeting the two leaders will brief.
  • They are also poised to meet families of people abducted by North Korea during the Cold War era to train Pyongyang’s spies.
  • President Trump will also address troops at a US base in Japan, highlighting the military alliance between the two allies at a time when tensions are running higher with North Korea after the failure of the Hanoi summit in February.
  • US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of the visit.
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