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Trump May Become 1st Foreign Leader to Meet Japan's New Emperor

Trump May Become 1st Foreign Leader to Meet Japan's New Emperor

   Tokyo, Dec. 4 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump may become the first foreign leader to meet Japan's new Emperor, who is slated to assume the throne in May 2019, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.
   The government is considering inviting Trump as a state guest ahead of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, on June 28-29 that year, the sources said. The gathering will follow Crown Prince Naruhito's rise to the Chrysanthemum Throne planned for May 1.
   During the envisaged trip by Trump, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to discuss ways to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance.
   The government apparently aims to highlight the bond of the two countries by receiving Trump as a state guest soon after the Imperial succession.
   But such a move may be criticized as an attempt to use the Imperial Family for political purposes.

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