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Trump set to be new Japanese emperor's 1st official foreign guest

Visit to showcase bilateral ties being arranged for May 26-28

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit Japan in both May and June.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit Japan for three days on May 26, meaning he will be the first official foreign guest received by the new emperor, Japanese government sources said on Monday.

The visit is still being negotiated by the two governments. Crown Prince Naruhito will take the throne on May 1, the day after the abdication of his father Emperor Akihito. 

Tokyo hopes to use the occasion to showcase the strength of the ties between the two countries. 

This will be Trump's second visit to Japan following a trip in November 2017, and is being scheduled just one month before he is due to return for a Group of 20 summit in Osaka.

Few American leaders have made multiple visits to Japan in such a short period of time.

During the visit in May, Trump is expected to discuss bilateral and international trade arrangements with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as North Korea's nuclear and missile program and the issue of Japanese citizens who were abducted and taken to the country.

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