Trump, Abe to bond over Melania's birthday, emperor's ascension

Trump, Abe to bond over Melania's birthday, emperor's ascension

They will be the first state guests following the country's imperial transition and the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito next month.

Mr Trump will also hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in addition to a visit by Mr Abe to Washington on April 26 to 27, Ms Sanders said. On May 26, the president will attend the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament and offer his congratulations to the victor.

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd from R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd from L) hold talks on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018. He also added that Abe's jumping at the opportunity of the emperor's succession to further ties with U.S. could be seen as a weakness as Trump had come down hard on trade issues, demanding that Japan do more to reduce the countries' trade imbalance.

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Relations between Japan and two of its closest neighbors, South Korea and China, remain strained over their war history and territorial disputes. It seems like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is using every opportunity, to court President Trump. -Japanese bilateral trade and investment relationship, the White House said. After meeting with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe.

The two leaders are expected to discuss nuclear talks with North Korea during the visits, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

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