Donald Trump, United States President, has become the first foreign leader to meet Japan's newly distinguished emperor Naruhito, in a state visit flooded with tensions over trade and politics in North Korea.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday met Trump at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as part of a formal welcome ceremony broadcast live on national television.
Later Monday, the US President and his wife, Melania Trump, will sit down to a sumptuous state dinner with the Emperor and Empress.
emor Naruhito rose to the throne on May 1st and opens what is called the era of "Reiwa" or "beautiful harmony."
Trump is also slated to hold formal talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the two men spent the weekend playing golf, dining out and watching sumo. They will talk to the press later on Monday.
"It is a feeling that this is another sign of the good relations between these two countries, but especially a sign of the relationship between Trump and Abe," Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from Tokyo, said.
"There is a feeling that they could have given this meeting to someone, but they didn't. They gave it to the United States, they gave it to Trump."
The display of friendship is supposed to demonstrate the strength of the alliance between the United States and Japan Japan despite political disputes over trade and North Korea .
Trump has threatened high tariffs for Japanese automakers as part of an attempt to reduce trade surplus with other countries.
Washington thinks profits are a sign that the US has been mistreated on trade – a theme Trump retrieved after landing in Tokyo on Saturday, which vowed to the relationship between the world's largest and third-largest economies, what he describes as "a little more fair".
Negotiations are taking place on a bilateral trade agreement, but Trump has said he does not expect great progress on it until July when the Abe fac is a choice for parliament's top house.
Trump has speared an animal trade war with China, a major dispute that has harmed the markets worldwide and confused US allies, including Japan and the EU.
Washington's allies, even though they share the United States care about Chinese practices, disagree with Trump's threatening tariff tactics on their products rather than seeking to get up to Beijing.
In addition to trade, Abe and Trump are expected to discuss North Korea and Iran.
Trump said Sunday he was not worried about a recent missile launch of North Korea. It set him apart from his own NSA, John Bolton, who said on Saturday that Pyongyang's recent short-range missile attempt violated UN Security Council resolutions. Japan shares Bolton's point of view.
Also on Monday, Trump will meet the Japanese citizens' families abducted by North Korea several decades ago. Abe has called on the US President to raise the issue in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump is in Japan for a four day state visit and is expected to address troops on a US base in the country on Tuesday.
Al Jazeera and news agencies