President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2017. The visit marked the first time Trump came to Japan as president. DONALD HUDSON/U.S. AIR FORCE
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2017. The visit marked the first time Trump came to Japan as president. DONALD HUDSON/U.S. AIR FORCE

Trump set to become first world leader to greet new Japanese emperor

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be the first state guests of the new Japanese emperor after he takes the throne next month, Japan’s government announced Friday.

On May 1, Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to succeed his father, Akihito, to become Japan’s 126th emperor and usher the new imperial era, which will be called Reiwa. The era name — announced April 1 — translates to “beautiful harmony.”

The president and his wife will be in Japan May 25-28 and will call on the new emperor and his wife, Masako, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.577529

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