Trump to travel to Japan next month, meet new emperor





Washington - US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will travel to Japan next month as the country's first state guests following the enthronement of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito, the White House said Thursday.



 
Trump will also hold meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the May 25-28 visit, which the White House said would "deepen the close bonds between the American and Japanese people and will highlight the continued importance of our alliance."
Japanese Emperor Akihito, 85, is due to step down from the role on April 30, and his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, will be enthroned on May 1. It will be Japan’s first abdication in about two centuries.
Abe is also due to visit Washington on April 26-27, the White House said, where the agenda will include trade and recent developments on North Korea.
Japan’s chronic trade surplus with the US has attracted Trump's ire, leading the two countries to begin negotiations in Washington this week on a bilateral trade agreement.
Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer held two-day talks starting Monday.
Lighthizer “raised its very large trade deficit with Japan – 67.6 billion dollars in goods in 2018,” according to a statement issued by the office of USTR.
The two “discussed trade issues involving goods, including agriculture, as well as the need to establish high standards in the area of digital trade,” read the statement.
The two sides agreed to focus mainly on tariffs on goods such as agricultural and industrial products, Motegi said.

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Friday, April 19th 2019
(dpa)
           


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