Biden meets Japanese Emperor Naruhito, first in 3 years

Biden meets Japanese Emperor Naruhito, first in 3 years

Japan's Emperor Naruhito right and US President Joe Biden pose for a photo before their meeting at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 23, 2022. SAUL LOEB TOKYO Visiting US President Joe Biden met with Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Monday.

Biden arrived at the Imperial Palace and was greeted by Naruhito. The couple, both wearing masks, exchanged greetings and pleasantries prior to entering the palace.

The meeting was their first since they met in December 2013 as a crown prince and vice-president under the administration of former President Barack Obama, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

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After Biden's meeting with the Japanese Emperor, the US leader will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida focusing on a range of security and economic issues, officials here have said.

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On Sunday, the US president arrived in Japan for a visit, and about 750 people took to the streets of Tokyo to demonstrate against the upcoming US-Japan summit and the summit of the Quad group.