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Japanese Emperor, Empress Receive US President, First Lady

TOKYO Ė Japanís Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko received on Monday US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on the second day of their visit to the Asian country.

The Japanese Emperor and Empress waited for the Trumps at the entrance of the Imperial Residence, where they exchanged greetings and a few words and then proceeded to a room inside the palace.

Akihito, 83, said he was very happy to receive the president and the first lady, before heading to the room where they held a reception for about 30 minutes, during which the Trumps and the emperor and empress were only accompanied by their interpreters.

The emperor, as per Japanese protocol, did not bow when receiving Trump, who also did not bow, unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, who bowed almost 90 degrees to greet Akihito during a state visit in 2009, an act which was criticized by conservative circles in Washington.

After his visit to the Imperial Palace, the US president participated in a welcome ceremony at the Akasaka Palace with Japanese Prime Pinister Shinzo Abe, with whom he will later hold a summit.

Trumpís agenda also includes a meeting with relatives of Japanese citizens kidnapped decades ago by North Korea, a joint press conference with Abe and a banquet held in the Akasaka Palace by the prime minister.

 

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