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Trump arrives in Japan for ceremonial visit as trade tensions loom

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Trump arrives in Japan for ceremonial visit as trade tensions loom

By Jeff Mason

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Tokyo Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

 

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday on a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom.

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will treat Trump to an imperial banquet and front row seats at a sumo tournament during the trip, which lasts through Tuesday.

 

The two men share a warm relationship, which the Japanese leader aims to emphasise as Washington mulls tariffs on Japanese auto exports that the Trump administration views as a potential national security threat.

 

The United States is in the middle of an expensive trade war with China in protest against Beijing's treatment of U.S. companies, and tensions with Japan and the European Union over trade are simmering.

 

Trump and Abe are expected to discuss trade during talks on Monday, but officials have played down the possibility of a deal during the visit.

 

Trump will become the first foreign leader to be received by new Japanese Emperor Naruhito since he inherited the throne earlier this month.

 

He made clear during an impromptu news conference on Thursday that he was flattered by the invitation.

 

"Prime Minister Abe said to me, very specifically, 'You are the guest of honour.' There's only one guest of honour ... I'm the guest of honour at the biggest event that they've had in over 200 years," Trump said.

 

"So it's a great thing. And we get along very well with Japan. I get along very well with the Prime Minister."

 

After his arrival, Trump was due to meet with business leaders before retiring.

 

On Sunday, Trump and Abe are expected to play golf and attend a sumo match. On Monday, they will discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in addition to trade.

 

A medium-strength earthquake hit eastern Japan, causing buildings to shake in Tokyo, hours before Trump's arrival.

 

The epicentre was southern Chiba, southeast of the capital, the prefecture where Trump is due to play golf on Sunday.

 

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.

 

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien and Nick Macfie)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-05-26

 

 

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Photo certainly illustrates is aversion to stairs, and worsening physical condition.

 

At least melania removed the TP from the shoe.

 

 

Hopefully the ceremonial trappings, and golf on this trip, the only parts of the job he seems capable of, will soothe the savage beast. And give him time to re-adjust his meds.

 

Enjoy the fugu.

 

 

 

 

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Well at least the Japanese know how to handle Donald let’s hope he doesent do to much damage and embarrassment 

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A North Korea medium range missile launch into the Sea of Japan right now will make him even more unsteady !!  😉

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2 hours ago, Tug said:

Well at least the Japanese know how to handle Donald let’s hope he doesent do to much damage and embarrassment 

Maybe they can finance and build a wall around him.

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Photo certainly illustrates is aversion to stairs, and worsening physical condition.
 
At least melania removed the TP from the shoe.
 
 
Hopefully the ceremonial trappings, and golf on this trip, the only parts of the job he seems capable of, will soothe the savage beast. And give him time to re-adjust his meds.
 
Enjoy the fugu.
 
 
 
 


That’s all you have, a 70 year old man using a handrail to decent a flight of stairs?

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Might be interesting if he develops an interest in Seppuku, perhaps to the stage of trying it.

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Maybe Abe can gift him a ceremonial Tanto, short sword for Seppuku.

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4 hours ago, Tug said:

Well at least the Japanese know how to handle Donald let’s hope he doesent do to much damage and embarrassment 

As soon as Trump landed, he blew it with Japan.

  • US President Donald Trump has downplayed recent North Korean missile tests, overriding the concerns of Japan and contradicting his hawkish national security adviser.
  • "North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump said in an early morning tweet on Sunday before joining Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf outside Tokyo. https://www.dw.com/en/in-japan-trump-says-hes-unfazed-by-north-korea-missile-launches/a-48878682

Of course South Korea is also in range of North Korea's "small weapons." So President Moon Jae-in undoubtedly feels just as diminished as Abe with regard to their national security.

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5 minutes ago, Srikcir said:

As soon as Trump landed, he blew it with Japan.

 

Shocker. Who woulda thunk?

 

Clearly, the new med regiment not working yet?

 

Pence feverishly working the 25th amendment hot-line.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Srikcir said:

As soon as Trump landed, he blew it with Japan.

  • US President Donald Trump has downplayed recent North Korean missile tests, overriding the concerns of Japan and contradicting his hawkish national security adviser.
  • "North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump said in an early morning tweet on Sunday before joining Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf outside Tokyo. https://www.dw.com/en/in-japan-trump-says-hes-unfazed-by-north-korea-missile-launches/a-48878682

Of course South Korea is also in range of North Korea's "small weapons." So President Moon Jae-in undoubtedly feels just as diminished as Abe with regard to their national security.

"America First".  :and tell me again, who are you  little people??"

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