Trump Arrives in Japan for Ceremonial Visit as Trade Tensions Loom

Issei Kato/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday on a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will treat Trump to an imperial banquet and front row seats at a sumo tournament during the trip, which lasts through Tuesday.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The two men share a warm relationship, which the Japanese leader aims to emphasize as Washington mulls tariffs on Japanese auto exports that the Trump administration views as a potential national security threat.

The United States is in the middle of an expensive trade war with China in protest against Beijing’s treatment of U.S. companies, and tensions with Japan and the European Union over trade are simmering.

Trump and Abe are expected to discuss trade during talks on Monday, but officials have played down the possibility of a deal during the visit.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump will become the first foreign leader to be received by new Japanese Emperor Naruhito since he inherited the throne earlier this month.

He made clear during an impromptu news conference on Thursday that he was flattered by the invitation.

“Prime Minister Abe said to me, very specifically, ‘You are the guest of honor.’ There’s only one guest of honor … I’m the guest of honor at the biggest event that they’ve had in over 200 years,” Trump said.

“So it’s a great thing. And we get along very well with Japan. I get along very well with the Prime Minister.”

After his arrival, Trump was due to meet with business leaders before retiring.

On Sunday, Trump and Abe are expected to play golf and attend a sumo match. On Monday, they will discuss North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs in addition to trade.

A medium-strength earthquake hit eastern Japan, causing buildings to shake in Tokyo, hours before Trump’s arrival.

The epicenter was southern Chiba, southeast of the capital, the prefecture where Trump is due to play golf on Sunday.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Nick Macfie)

What do you think?

Comments

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Sherri
Member

Everything always written with spin instead of just facts. Negative spin.

Ruth Gregory
Member

I make up to $90 an hour working from my home. My story is that I quit working at Walmart to work -online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $40h to $86h… Someone was good to me by -sharing this link with me, so now i am hoping i could help someone else out there by sharing this link…

Try it, you won’t regret it!………. http://www.Employment10.com

TOM
Member

“. . . tariffs on Japanese auto exports . . . “??? What Japanese auto exports? Nissan builds cars in the US. Honda builds cars in the US. Toyota builds cars in the US. The Japanese big three auto manufacturers built more cars in the US than the Detroit big three. Even the smaller Japanese auto manufacturers build some cars in the US.

General Confusion
Member

“Trump will become the first foreign leader to be received by new Japanese Emperor Naruhito since he inherited the throne earlier this month.” Article

Most likely King Donald The Loser will be asking the real Emperor on tips on how not to be confused at being royalty himself.

General Confusion
Member

“Washington mulls tariffs on Japanese auto exports that the Trump administration views as a potential national security threat.” Article

What? I am confused.

It seems that a few too many in the King’s administration have watched “Death Race 2000” too often. They even think imports of aluminum and steel are national security threats, too.

Loading…

0

Comments

0 comments

Judge Blocks Some Funds Trump Sought for US-Mexico Border Wall

Trump Tower

‘It’s Creating Corruption’: GOP Lawmakers, Candidates Spent Millions at Trump Properties