State Banquet Begins

State banquet begins

A state banquet in honor of US President Donald Trump and the First Lady has started.

Trump is the first foreign leader to be welcomed by Emperor Naruhito since he took the throne at the start of the month.

The banquet is being attended by other members of the Imperial Family, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and people who have promoted exchanges between the two countries.

Earlier in the day, the Emperor told Trump he is delighted that he's the first state guest since the Imperial succession. Trump said he believes the two countries have developed an excellent relationship through various experiences.