Donald Trump, president of the United States, became the first foreign head of state to meet Japan's newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito on a state visit overshadowed by tensions over trade and politics in North Korea.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday greeted Trump at an official welcome ceremony broadcast live on national television in Tokyo's Imperial Palace.
Later on Monday, the US President and his wife, Melania Trump, will meet for a rich dinner with the Emperor and the Empress.
Em Peror Naruhito ascended the throne on May 1
Trump Is Also After spending the weekend golfing, eating out, and watching sumo, the two men were scheduled to hold formal talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They will talk to the press later on Monday.
"There is a feeling that this is another sign of the good relationship 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 everyone, but they did not, they gave it to the US, they gave it to Trump."
The show of friendship seeks the strength of the alliance between the US and Japan despite political Disagreements over trade and North Korea .
Trump has threatened high tariffs for Japanese automakers as part of an attempt to reduce trade surpluses with other countries.
Washington believes surpluses are a sign that the US has been maltreated in trade – an issue that Trump picked up after landing in Tokyo on Saturday and swearing to the ratio of the world's largest and third largest economies, which he described as "somewhat fairer".
Negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement are underway, but Trump has stated that he does not expect any major progress in this area until July. if Abe fac it is an election for the House of Lords of Parliament.
Trump has led an expensive trade war with China, a major dispute that has hit markets worldwide and unsettled US allies, including Japan and the European Union.
Washington's allies, even if they share US concern over Chinese practices, contradict Trump's tactic of threatening tariffs on their products rather than seeking cooperation in defending Beijing.
In addition to trade, Abe and Trump will discuss North Korea and Iran.
Trump said Sunday he was not worried about a recent North Korean rocket launch. This brought him into conflict with his own NSA, John Bolton, who said Saturday that Pyongyang's recent short-range missile tests violated United Nations Security Council resolutions. Japan shares Bolton's view.
Also on Monday, Trump will meet the families of Japanese nationals who were kidnapped by North Korea decades ago. Abe has called on the US president to raise the issue in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump is on a four-day state visit to Japan and is expected to speak on Tuesday to troops at a US base in the country.
Al Jazeera and news agencies