US President Donald Trump who is currently on a four-day visit to Japan became the first foreign leader to meet Japan’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.
Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne earlier in May after his father Akihito stepped down.
At the Imperial Palace, Emperor Naruhito and the Empress Masako received the U.S President and first lady Melania Trump amid a festive mood.
After the Imperial couple and the Trumps exchanged greetings, they stood on a red carpet for the two countries’ national anthems. Ahead of the meeting the US President called the occasion “a great honour”.
The US President and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also met at a state guest house where they discussed about trade relations with North Korea as ties with the US are of great strategic importance to Japan. However Trump said that much of the deal will wait until the Japanese PM Abe faces elections for Japan’s upper house of parliament, which are expected to take place in July.
The Trumps who arrived on Saturday are staying three nights in Japan as state guests.