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Trump is First Head of State to Meet Japan's New Emperor

Trump and Naruhito shake hands. Trump and Naruhito shake hands. |  Photo: ABC News

Updated: May 26, 2019 09:07 PM

TOKYO (AP) - President Donald Trump is heading to Japan's Imperial Palace to meet the new emperor.
    
The president and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, will kick off Monday's formal visit at a welcome ceremony with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
    
Trump is the first world leader to be meet Naruhito, who ascended to the throne on May 1, opening what is called the era of "Reiwa," or "beautiful harmony."

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The president stood at attention alone atop a platform before he walked along a red-carpeted route to review troops. He also passed in front of a group of schoolchildren feverishly waving U.S. and Japanese flags.
    
Trump will go later to the Japanese state guest house for meetings, a working lunch and joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    
The president will also be the guest of honor at an imperial banquet at the palace hosted by the emperor.
    
Trump opened a four-day state visit to Japan on Saturday.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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