TOKYO – US President Donald Trump arrived in Japan on Sunday to begin his two-day visit to this country, the first stop on his extensive Asian tour.
The Air Force One plane in which Trump was flying from Hawaii landed at 10:38 local time (0138 GMT) at the US air base in Yokota (west of Tokyo), where he was received by a delegation from the US embassy and troops from this country deployed there.
“I will land shortly, I can not wait to join our great army,” Trump said through his Twitter account before disembarking and making a speech to Yokota’s troops.
The leader of the White House descended from Air Force One accompanied by his wife, Melania Trump, and on the airstrip was welcomed by the US ambassador to Japan, William Hagerty, and the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono.
Trump then approached the approximately 2,000 US troops from the base and their families waiting for him at the foot of the plane, and stopped to chat and take pictures with some of them.
After his visit to the military facilities, where about 14,000 soldiers are stationed and which comprises seven square kilometers, the president plans to go to the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama (north of Tokyo), where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is waiting for him.
The American president will have lunch in the club with Abe and Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama, currently number four in the world ranking, and then the three will play a round of golf, according to the official agenda.
The president plans to dine Sunday night at a prestigious Tokyo restaurant with Abe and their respective wives, and on Monday he will hold his summit with the Japanese premier and will also meet with the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, among other activities.