Tokyo, May 27 (GCCurrentAffairs) United States President Donald Trump made history on Monday by becoming the first world leader to meet the new emperor of Japan.
Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne on May 1, opening what is called the era of Reiwa, or “beautiful harmony.” Trump’s “state call” opened with handshakes and greetings from Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako, reported Japan Today.
The president, who is on a four-day state visit, was the center of attention at an outdoor welcome ceremony full of pomp and pageantry. The couples stood on a raised platform as the national anthems of both countries were played.
However, no public words were spoken.
Trump’s next stop is Akasaka Palace, the Japanese state guest house, for meetings, a working lunch and joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who participated in the palace ceremony. The president also will be the guest of honor at an imperial banquet at the palace hosted by the emperor.