Tokyo, May 27 (AP/UNB) — After his visit with Japan’s new emperor, President Donald Trump is at Tokyo’s official state guest house meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump, Abe and their respective teams will be meeting Monday and having lunch together. Trump and Abe will also be participating in a joint press conference at Akasaka Palace.
It’s the second lengthy day of meetings for the pair, who spent Sunday playing golf together, taking in a sumo match and having a couples dinner with their wives.
Trump will be attending a state banquet in his honor Monday evening, and participating in a Memorial Day event Tuesday before heading home.
President Donald Trump and Japan’s Emperor Naruhito walked along a red carpet in the courtyard of the Imperial Palace after meeting on Monday.
Trump is the first world leader to meet Naruhito since he ascended to the throne on May 1.
The president, who is on a state visit to Japan, is being treated to a welcome ceremony full of pomp and pageantry.
Trump stood at attention alone atop a platform before he walked along a red-carpeted route to review troops. He also passed in front of a group of schoolchildren feverishly waving U.S. and Japanese flags.
Trump wore a red tie that matched the color of the carpet. He was accompanied by first lady Melania Trump.
President Donald Trump is at Japan’s Imperial Palace meeting the new emperor.
The president and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, are kicking off Monday’s formal visit with handshakes and greetings with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
Trump is the first world leader to be meet Naruhito, who ascended to the throne on May 1, opening what is called the era of “Reiwa,” (RAY-wah) or “beautiful harmony.”
Trump will go later to the Japanese state guest house for meetings, a working lunch and joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The president will also be the guest of honor at an imperial banquet at the palace hosted by the emperor.
Trump opened a four-day state visit to Japan on Saturday.
Tokyo, may 26 (AP/UNB) — Melania Trump was perfectly cool Sunday at an air-conditioned interactive digital museum in Tokyo where she drew a purple fish and had it projected on a digital aquarium on the wall, as she and her host, Japanese first lady Akie Abe, joined dozens of schoolchildren while their husbands played golf under the scorching sun.
Mrs. Trump drew the fish for a girl named Julia, and wrote underneath it: “Julia, Best Wishes, Melania Tump.”
Her autograph became popular, prompting children to line up. The first lady signed on the back of each student’s artwork, along with a message “Be Best!” — her children’s initiative.
The 30 children, third to sixth graders at a Tokyo elementary school, were a bit shy when the first lady in a stylish navy-color jumpsuit walked in, escorted by Akie Abe, but one by one they came over to her, and then in groups.
“Nice to meet you. Can you show me what you drew?” Melania Trump asked a boy with a name sticker on his chest saying “Aoi.” He showed her a green turtle with yellow feet, which then they projected on the wall and watched it move around.
Akie Abe colored her turtle in pink, with three little red hearts on the back, and signed “Peace” as well as the new imperial era name “Reiwa” that started this month.
The two first ladies also toured other exhibits that included the crystal room and the lamp room where they stopped for photo sprays.
Mrs. Trump arrived Saturday in Tokyo with President Donald Trump for a four-day state visit that is largely ceremonial and aimed for deepening personal ties between the two leaders.
Trump and Abe played 16 holes at the Mobara golf course outside Tokyo, where temperature rose as high as 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit), in a “cozy atmosphere,” Japan’s Foreign Ministry said. Later Sunday, the first ladies will join their husbands to watch Japan’s traditional sport of sumo and venture out into downtown Tokyo for a dinner double date.
Trenton, May 26 (AP/UNB) — At least two gunmen fired into a crowd outside a bar in New Jersey's capital city, wounding 10 people, two critically, but the motive for the shooting remains unknown, authorities said.
Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said a vehicle pulled up to the corner outside Ramoneros Liquor and Bar in Trenton at about 12:25 a.m. Saturday and when the shooters fired more than 30 shots before fleeing.
Five men and five women were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds. Two of the male victims were listed in critical but stable condition while the others were in stable condition.
Police Director Sheilah Coley said the 10 victims — eight Trenton residents, one person from Ewing Township and one from Willingboro — were "just out for a night of fun and then it turned into a night of violence." She said police were looking at surveillance footage and trying to identify the vehicle. State police were now providing help in patrolling the city, she said.
Mayor Reed Gusciora said police were investigating whether gang rivalries could have been behind the shooting, since "this is a bar where many outsiders from neighborhoods all co-mingle."
Coley, however, cautioned that some witnesses reported that the driver of the car had been beeping the horn due to backed-up traffic.
"So we're not saying that this is road rage and we're not saying that this is a retaliation, because the truth of the matter is we just don't know at this point," she said.
The shooting came almost a year after gunfire erupted at a 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey's capital city, killing one suspect and injuring nearly two dozen people. About 1,000 people were attending the June 17 Art All Night festival that showcases local art, music, food and films. Authorities said the shooting stemmed from a neighborhood gang dispute.
Gusciora said officials had to address "socio-economic problems where many young people have given up hope."
"Trenton cannot become a tale of two cities: one that is moving toward progress in economic development and improvements in education, while at the same time an unsafe environment for young people due to gun violence," he said. The mayor added, however, that despite New Jersey's strict gun laws, weapons come in from surrounding states with fewer restrictions, "and ultimately it's going to have to be the federal government that's going to have to step up to the plate."
At-large city council member Jerell Blakeley said on Facebook that "Every time the weather breaks, the madness descends in this city." He said such "carnage" is becoming a more common occurrence, and improving the situation would take "a multifaceted and strategic deployment of resources in the government, education, social service, conflict resolution, mental health and law enforcement arenas."
Tokyo, May 26 (AP/UNB) — In an apparent contradiction of his national security adviser, President Donald Trump on Sunday downplayed recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him — even though they are for Japan.
Trump also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's attacks on one of his Democratic rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, had made him smile.
The remarks were the latest example of Trump's willingness to publicly undermine senior advisers, flout Democratic norms and side with totalitarian leaders, even on the world stage. He did so this time during a four-day state visit to Japan where he'll become the first leader to meet with the country's new emperor.
"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump tweeted in one of a flurry of early morning messages that suggested he'd spent little time sleeping after the lengthy flight to Asia.
"Some" of his "people" appear to include national security adviser John Bolton, who told reporters at a briefing Saturday ahead of Trump's arrival that a series of short-range missile tests by North Korea earlier this month were a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
"In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that," said Bolton, responding to the May 4 and 9 tests that ended a pause in launches that began in late 2017. Trump ignored a shouted question Sunday about whether he agreed with Bolton's assessment.
Trump and other administration officials have sought to downplay the significance of the tests, insisting they do not violate an agreement Trump reached with Kim for a moratorium on launches.
"The moratorium was focused, very focused, on intercontinental missile systems, the ones that threaten the United States," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a recent television interview. That raised alarm bells in Japan, where short-range missiles pose a serious threat because of the country's proximity to North Korea.
Trump in his tweet said he had "confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me," while at the same time embracing Kim's recent attacks on Biden, whose name he misspelled.
Trump said he "smiled" when Kim "called Swampman Joe Bidan a low IQ individual, & worse."
"Perhaps that's sending me a signal?" Trump asked.
Trump later offered a new tweet with the correct "Biden" spelling.
North Korea this week labeled Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the U.S. presidential hopeful accused Trump of cozying up to "dictators and tyrants" like Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin during his campaign launch speech.
Biden's campaign would not comment on the record Sunday, but a spokesman for his campaign, Andrew Bates said Wednesday that, "Given Vice President Biden's record of standing up for American values and interests, it's no surprise that North Korea would prefer that Donald Trump remain in the White House."
The tweet came early Sunday before Trump left his hotel for a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He'll also be attending a sumo wrestling match and handing out a "President's Cup" to the winner as part of a visit meant to showcase the close ties between the nations.
Japan, May 26 (AP/UNB) — Golf never seems to be far behind whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together.
So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy morning round with the Japanese leader.
Abe is Trump's closest friend among world leaders and it's the fifth time they played golf together since Trump took office. Abe's strategy is to keep his country out of Trump's crosshairs amid U.S.-Japan trade tensions and the continued threat North Korea poses to both nations.
Later in the day, Abe will introduce Trump to Japan's ancient sport of sumo wrestling. The president will sit ringside at a championship match in Tokyo featuring the oversized athletes. He'll also present the winner with his own "President's Cup" trophy.
The leaders will also venture into Tokyo for a dinner double date with their wives.
A motorcade of golf carts ferried Abe to meet Trump when he arrived at the club. They exchanged a warm handshake, patted each other on the forearms and posed for a throng of journalists. Abe wore white pants and a dark blue sport coat. Trump wore a red half-zip pullover with a white shirt and dark pants. Japanese television later broadcast aerial footage of Trump swinging his club on the course.
Trump tweeted that he was "Going to play golf right now with @AbeShinzo. Japan loves the game." Abe told reporters as he left for Mobara that Sunday's weather was great for golf and "it seems we are in a good mood for sumo."
Neither leader spoke to reporters at the club before they climbed into a golf cart with Abe at the wheel. Trump ignored a shouted question from a U.S. reporter about whether he believed North Korea had violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Earlier Trump downplayed North Korea's recent series of short-range missile tests. He tweeted that the tests weren't a concern for him — even though they are for Japan.
"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump wrote in a message that appeared to undermine his national security adviser, John Bolton, who told reporters Saturday the tests violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Trump said he "has confidence" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will keep his promise to me."
The president's attendance at the annual summer sumo tournament in Tokyo may bring back memories of the time he spent promoting the World Wrestling Federation. Trump is expected to sit ringside as the oversized men in loincloths grapple to win by pushing their opponents out of bounds or getting them to touch the floor with their body, except for the soles of their feet.
Trump has said he finds the sport "fascinating."
The trophy Trump plans to present to the winner stands nearly 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and weighs between 60 and 70 pounds (27 and 32 kilograms), the White House said. The news media has dubbed it the "Trump Cup." The White House said it is called the "President's Cup."
The president also sought to manage expectations that he and Abe will make significant headway on trade issues when they hold more formal talks on Monday. Trump has been seeking a bilateral trade agreement with Tokyo since he pulled the U.S. out of the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement two years ago, though analysts expect no breakthroughs during Trump's visit.
Fox News Channel's White House Correspondent John Roberts tweeted that Trump telephoned him Sunday morning in Tokyo and told Roberts that he intended to wait until after Japan's parliamentary elections in July to push for a deal.
Trump had told business leaders after arriving in Tokyo on Saturday evening that the U.S. and Japan were "hard at work" negotiating a new bilateral trade agreement that he said would benefit both countries.
"With this deal we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to United States exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship. And we're getting closer," he said.
The Trump administration has been threatening Japan with new tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts on national security grounds. Trump has suggested he will impose tariffs if the U.S. can't wrest concessions from Japan and the European Union. In April, Japan's trade surplus surged almost 18% to 723 billion yen ($6.6 billion).
The president arrived in Japan on Saturday with his wife, first lady Melania Trump, to open the four-day visit.
On Monday, Trump will become the first head of state to meet with Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, since he ascended to the throne on May 1. Trump and Abe will also meet in a more formal setting and participate in a joint news conference. In the evening, Trump will be guest of honor at a banquet hosted by the emperor at Japan's Imperial Palace.
Trump is slated to head for Washington on Tuesday after he addresses U.S. sailors aboard the USS Wasp, stationed at Yokosuka.