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The president of the United States on Monday became the first foreign leader to be received in audience by the new emperor of Japan who ascended the throne on May 1 after the abdication of his father.

Donald Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday for an official visit that will end Tuesday. In addition to meeting Emperor Naruhito, he will also attend a series of meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Monday morning Trump arrived at the Imperial Palace accompanied by his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.

He was greeted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako as well as Abe and members of the Imperial Family.

After greeting the guard of honor comprising 92 soldiers at the Imperial Palace’s East Gardens, Trump entered the palace to converse with Emperor Naruhito.

This is Trump's second meeting with a Japanese emperor. In 2017 he met with Naruhito's father Akihito who abdicated the throne on Apr. 30.

Trump wore his usual dark suit and red tie while Melania was dressed in a mid-length white dress with floral embroidery.

Emperor Naruhito received them in a dark suit and powder blue tie accompanied by Empress Masako who was dressed in a cream skirt and jacket ensemble with a matching hat.

While this is Trump's second visit to Japan, he is here as a state guest with his primary agenda being to meet the new emperor.

During the initial greetings in the palace garden, there were political representatives of Japan and members of the Trump delegation, including National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Dozens of children and adults waved flags of both nations as Trump approached the venue.

The meeting between Trump and Naruhito, along with their respective wives, lasted about half an hour.

Following the conclusion of the royal visit, Trump went to attend his meetings with Abe and the rest of his team.

On Sunday, Trump and Abe played a round of golf in Chiba before attending a sumo wrestling match and having dinner.

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