Japanese government officials say US President Donald Trump is likely to visit Japan as a state guest in late May. He is expected to become the first foreign leader the new Emperor will meet after ascending the throne.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump spoke over the telephone on Wednesday. The conversation came in conjunction with the second US-North Korea summit in Vietnam next week.
Abe asked Trump to visit Japan at an early date as the Crown Prince will be enthroned on May 1. Japanese officials say Trump showed willingness, and that his visit is expected to take place from May 26 to 28.
Japanese and US officials are planning Trump's schedule during the visit, which may include viewing matches at a professional sumo tournament and playing golf with Abe.
Trump will also come to Japan in late June to attend the G20 summit in Osaka.