U.S. President Trump to visit Japan from May 25 to 28
U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Japan from May 25 to 28, both sides confirmed on Friday.
Trump will meet Japan's new emperor and empress as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.
Trump will hold talks with Prime Minister Abe in addition to a visit by Abe to Washington on April 26-27, the White House said.
"The meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will reaffirm the United States-Japan alliance as the cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
The two leaders will discuss the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), "including efforts to achieve final, fully verified denuclearization," the White House said in a separate statement.
"The two leaders will also explore ways to advance their shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, including steps that will strengthen our bilateral trade and investment relationship," it added.
Trump is also considering watching a live sumo bout and inspecting Izumo-class destroyers that Japan has decided to effectively remodel into aircraft carriers, according to Kyodo News.
Trump is expected to return to Japan in June for the G20 summit being held in Osaka.