U.S. President Donald Trump on May 28 wound up a four-day state visit to Japan that featured golf, sumo, a state dinner with Emperor Naruhito and inspections of U.S. and Japanese warships meant to showcase the alliance.
There was little real substance in Trump’s visit to Japan, which included a golf game with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a visit to a Tokyo sumo tournament, where Trump presented a huge trophy.
But the main goal was to celebrate the countries’ alliance and, from Japan’s point of view, to charm Trump ahead of tricky negotiations on aggressive U.S. demands for more market access.
That seemed to work, with Trump signaling there will be no move on trade until after Japan’s Upper House election in July.
The highlight was the meeting with Emperor Naruhito, who ascended to the throne May 1. The Trumps went to see the emperor and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace on May 27. They later joined the imperial couple in the evening for a banquet featuring six courses, including Trump’s favorite — beef — and a dessert described as Glace Mont Fuji.
In an address praising their countries’ friendship, Trump made references to ancient Japanese poetry. (Reuters, AFP-Jiji)