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Trump to Visit Japan to Coordinate Action on North Korea

TOKYO Ė United States President Donald Trump will begin his visit to Japan on May 25 to coordinate action on North Korea and strengthen ties with Tokyo.

Trump will be the first foreign leader to be received by the new Japanese Emperor, Naruhito, who ascended the throne on May 1, following the abdication of his father, the now Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

Trumpís visit, which will end on May 28, includes a series of meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both political and private, following their last meeting in Washington on April 26.

Japanís foreign ministry sources said on Friday that during the formal Trump-Abe meeting on Monday, the two will discuss the denuclearization of North Korea Ė currently stagnant Ė between Washington and Pyongyang.

The two leaders, according to the sources, will closely coordinate their policies on the issue, following the failure of the last summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un in late February in Hanoi.

Trump arrives in Japan at a time when Tokyo and Washington are in the middle of discussing a new agreement that will allow the US to reduce its trade deficit, although no major progress is anticipated on this during the talks, according to US sources.

The two leaders, according to official Japanese sources, will confirm their desire to accelerate negotiations on the basis of mutual trust between their countries to reach an agreement.

Trump, who will return to Japan at the end of June to participate in the G20 summit, arrives Saturday afternoon but is not expected to meet with Abe before Sunday, which will be a more informal meeting.

Both will be playing golf for the fifth time together and veteran Japanese golfer Isao Aoki will also be present at the Mobara country club, south-east of Tokyo.

The two leaders will have the opportunity to speak more when they both attend the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena to watch sumo wrestling on the final day of a tournament where Trump will present the winner with a cup.

Trump and Abe will continue their talks during a meal over a Japanese-style grill in a restaurant in Roppongi.

Sundayís meeting will give way to one on Monday with top level talks, first with Emperor Naruhito in the Imperial Palace and later a formal meeting with Abe followed by a press conference.

Mondayís agenda will end with a banquet organized by the emperor at the Imperial Palace.

Trumpís visit will conclude on Tuesday when, according to local media, he will visit the JS Kaga helicopter carrier.

Official Japanese sources have not confirmed Trumpís Kaga visit and have only said that he would travel to Yokosuka which will coincide with Memorial Day in the US, which Trump will commemorate at the US naval base south of Tokyo.


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