TOKYO – United States President Donald Trump will visit Tokyo in May to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and new Emperor Naruhito, according to a government official on Friday.
The announcement was made at a press conference held by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who confirmed speculation by Japanese media regarding the visit by Donald Trump from May 25-28.
Trump, who will visit Japan as a guest of the state, will be the first foreign leader to hold a meeting with Crown Prince Naruhito after he becomes the new emperor of Japan on May 1. He is to succeed his father, Akihito, who will formally step down from the throne on April 30.
The visit of the US president is expected to serve to “consolidate the solid bilateral relations” as well as to prepare together with Shinzo Abe the agenda of the G20 summit to be held at the end of June in Osaka, according to Suga.
Trump also plans to attend a sumo match and visit one of the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers that Japan plans to remodel to accommodate fighter jets, Japanese news agency Kyodo said.
According to the White House’s statement, the arrival of Trump to Japan will “deepen the close bonds between the American and Japanese people” and highlight the importance of their “alliance and partnership.”
Trump’s visit will be the second to Japan since 2017, and will take place about a month after Abe travels to Washington on the April 26.
Regarding Abe’s trip to Washington, the White House said in its statement that the next meeting between the leaders will serve to strengthen the alliance between the two countries as well as to ensure the peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.
The statement adds that during the talks, the two leaders will discuss the efforts to achieve “final, fully verified” denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.