US President Donald Trump will visit Japan in late May as a state guest, making him the first foreign leader to meet the new Emperor. Crown Prince Naruhito is set to ascend the throne on May 1.
Members of Japan' Cabinet decided on Friday to invite President Trump from May 25 to 28.
A summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a meeting with the new Emperor and a dinner at the Imperial Palace are among the events planned for his first visit to Japan in a year and a half .
Japanese and US officials are planning for the president to attend a grand sumo tournament and play golf with Abe.
Before Trump's visit, Abe is slated to meet with him in Washington on April 27. Trump is expected to travel to Japan one more time in June for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Friday that frequent visits of each other's leaders indicate a solid Japan-US alliance, and noted that Trump will be the first state guest in Japan's new era.
Suga expressed the hope for a further consolidation of the two countries' partnership, which contributes to peace and prosperity in the region and the world.