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U.S. President Donald Trump meets Japan's Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6. (Pool)

Trump has first audience with Japan's Imperial couple

President tells the emperor that bilateral relations are better than ever

MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, met with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for the first time on Monday morning. The audience, held at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, lasted for about 30 minutes.

Trump told the emperor that the Japan-U.S. relationship is better than ever, after Akihito asked the president how he was finding his visit so far, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

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