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Office of the Press Secretary

Akasaka Palace
Tokyo, Japan

3:02 P.M. JST

PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  On the 1st of May, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor acceded to the throne, and we now have the new era called Reiwa.  At the dawn of the new era, it is of utmost pleasure that I am able to welcome President Trump and Madam Melania as our first state guests in the era of Heisei.  They are my dearest friends, for myself and for myself -- for my wife.
With President Trump, we had the summit talk last month at White House, and we celebrated Melania's birthday together, didn’t we?
Next month, he will be visiting Japan again in order to come to the G20 Osaka Summit.  Because of the peace and security legislation, U.S. and Japan have become an alliance where we can help one another.  The bond has become rock solid.
Because of the very close personal relationship with Donald, the bond of U.S.-Japan alliance has become unshakeable, the closest in the whole world.
In the new era of Reiwa, U.S. and Japan must lead for the peace and prosperity of the region and international community as the genuinely global partners.
This visit of President and Madam Trump to Japan is a golden opportunity to clearly show the unshakeable bond to the whole world and inside Japan as well.  I'd like to express my gratitude to the friendship of President Trump and Madam First Lady.
At the summit talk today, bearing in mind of the latest North Korean situation, we spent a good amount of time in better aligning our policies.  The positions of Japan and the United States in this regard are completely on the same page.  President Trump and Madam Melania continue to meet the family members of the abduction victims.  Just like two years ago, when they visited Japan, they encouraged and gave comfort to the members of the victims.
Toward the resolution of the most important abduction issue, at the earliest possible timing, is what I am hoping for and I'm determined that I have to face Chairman Kim Jong Un, myself, directly.  Without any conditions, I will meet with the Chairman, and I would like to have a discussion frankly, in complete candor.
President Trump has expressed strong support to my determination as such by saying that he would support me totally and would not spare any efforts in assisting me.  Continuously, we will have the close collaboration between the two countries.  We shall miss no opportunities and look toward the early resolution of the abduction issue.  We will act resolutely.
In today's summit meeting, we welcomed the steady progress of U.S.-Japan cooperation, looking toward the creation of free and open Indo-Pacific, including the areas such as energy, digital, and infrastructure.
Going forward, we will walk hand in hand and promote the cooperation for the realization of this common vision of our two nations.  We will be promoting the idea forcefully.  With countries concerned -- like Australia, India, ASEAN, UK, and France -- we will fortify the cooperation toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific.  We will enhance and expand our efforts.  We agreed on that.
     Since President Trump came to the office, Japanese companies decided on new investment to the tune of $24 billion to the United States, thereby creating 45,000 new jobs.  Daring tax reform that President conducted -- thanks to that, automotive and energy related to Japanese companies are making investments in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama, and Kentucky, and others.  They are -- they have decided to make new investments.
     Those contributing most in the U.S. economy are the Japanese companies.  It’s been only one month since the last summit talks.  In a short span of one month, Japanese companies increased their investment to the United States by $1 billion.  Under -- with this vigorous investment appetite, Japanese companies are deciding to make investment to the United States one after another.  U.S.-Japan economic relationship is developing in a major way, in a modality of bringing in win-win situations.
Following the joint statement of September, last year, Minister Motegi and Ambassador Lighthizer, USTR, are proceeding with the discussion, and I welcome this discussion.
     In today’s talks between myself and the President Trump, we should achieve early outcome based upon the trustful relationship between our two nations.  We shall accelerate the pace of discussion.  We agreed on that.
     Next month, at G20 Osaka Summit, President Trump -- I am going to welcome him again in Osaka.  Looking forward to it.  For the success of G20 Summit, U.S.-Japan cooperation is indispensable.  I will continue to collaborate closely with President Trump.
     Yesterday, I was able to talk with President Trump on a variety of issues in a relaxed atmosphere, like the game of golf, watching sumo wrestling, as well as the dinner where our spouses joined.  Your friendship and trustful relationship was even more enhanced.
     The exuberance of joy shown by the crowd that I witnessed in the stadium, as well as the frenzied excitement of the general public when President -- when presidential cup was handed to Asanoyama, the champion -- indeed, a new page was added to the prestigious history of sumo.  Donald, I thank you very much.
     Tomorrow, together with President Trump, I will go to Yokosuka and visit our escort ship anchored in Yokosuka, and show the strong bond of U.S.-Japan alliance to the people in Japan and the world.
     Lastly, once again, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Donald and Madam Melania for honoring us with your visit to Japan as the first state guests of the new era of Reiwa.
     Thank you.
Then, President Trump of the United States, the floor is yours.
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Prime Minister Abe, the First Lady and I are profoundly honored to return to this very beautiful nation as Japan’s first state guests following the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor.  On behalf of the United States, we want to thank the Imperial Family for this gracious invitation and warm welcome.  It was really wonderful.
Melania and I are thrilled to be back in the Land of the Rising Sun.  It is a true privilege to take part in the splendor of this historic moment and to witness an ancient Japanese tradition as you begin the new Imperial Era.  We look forward to seeing the new Emperor continue his father’s extraordinary legacy. 
Yesterday, Melania and I were delighted to join you, Prime Minister, in attending a sumo tournament -- I've always wanted to see a sumo tournament; so true -- and they are bigger and stronger than I even thought -- at your very impressive and new national arena, where I presented the first-ever U.S. President’s Cup to the Sumo Grand Champion.  That was something.
This morning, we participated in a magnificent welcome ceremony with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress at the grand Imperial Palace.
Japan’s time-honored customs and exquisite culture fill us with a deep sense of admiration.  I want to thank all of the people of Japan for welcoming us to this week and sharing your beloved heritage.  It is truly an incredible heritage.
This visit has also been a chance for Prime Minister Abe and me to strengthen our close friendship and the friendship between our two nations.  The alliance between the United States and Japan is a cornerstone of stability and prosperity in the region and all around the world.
The Prime Minister and I continue our close consultation in pursuit of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.  The essence of our approach is peace through strength.  And this is a strong alliance indeed.  The U.S.-Japan alliance is steadfast and ironclad.  We want peace and we want stability.  We continue to hope that Chairman Kim seizes the opportunity to transform his country through denuclearization.  It is a country with tremendous economic and other potential.
The United States also remains committed to the issue of abductions, which I know is a top priority for Prime Minister Abe.  Earlier today, I met for the second time with a group of Japanese families, who have suffered the unthinkable heartbreak of having their loved ones abducted by North Korea.  The United States will continue to support Japan’s efforts to bring these abductees home.
Our nations are also cooperating on a number of other vital security issues.  The United States supports Japan’s efforts to improve its defense capabilities, and in recent months, we have greatly expedited the sale of large amounts of defense equipment to Japan, made in the United States.  We make the best equipment in the world.
In 2018, Japan was one of the world’s top purchasers of American defense equipment, and it has just announced its intent to purchase 105 brand new F-35 stealth aircraft.  Stealth because, the fact is, you can't see them.  This purchase would give Japan the largest F-35 fleet of any U.S. ally.
America and Japan’s close security ties are grounded in shared values.  Our armed forces train and serve together all around the world.  Tomorrow, I will visit American troops stationed alongside the Japanese Self-Defense Forces right here in Japan.
On behalf of all Americans, I want to thank the Japanese people for graciously hosting our service members and military families.
The United States and Japan are also working to improve our economic relationship based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity.  We are currently negotiating a bilateral trade agreement that would benefit both of our economies.  Our goal is to reduce our trade deficit with Japan, remove trade barriers, and barriers of all kinds, so that U.S. exports will really have a fair and very profound footing.
Just over one week ago, U.S. beef gained full access to Japanese markets for the first time since 2003.  We hope to have even more to announce on the trade very, very soon.
And, finally, today, I am pleased to confirm that Prime Minister Abe and I have agreed to dramatically expand our nations’ cooperation in human space exploration.  Japan will join our mission to send U.S. astronauts to space.  We'll be going to the moon.  We'll be going to Mars very soon.  It's very exciting.  And from a military standpoint, there is nothing more important right now than space.
This is an exciting starting point for greater collaboration on many other things.
Mr. Prime Minister, our visit this week is a moving reminder of the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance and the deep friendship between our people.  It is a profound honor to be in Japan at this important moment in your nation’s history.  For this new Imperial Era, your nation has chosen the name "Reiwa," meaning "beautiful harmony."
America shares this wonderful aspiration for the future, and I look forward to continuing our tremendous partnership as we work together to bring this noble vision to life.
Thank you very much.  Thank you.
     Q    (Inaudible) from (inaudible) Newspaper.  I have a question to Prime Minister Abe on abduction.  Japan-Korea Summit meeting: Do you think that the problem would be resolved in one-time meeting with Chairman Kim?  Or do you have to go through plural number of meetings in order to seek solution?  By what timeframe would you like to realize the summit talk?  Is it going to happen by the end of this year?  In that sense -- in that case, could there be tripartite discussion involving U.S. as well?

     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  Regarding the relationship with North Korea, first of all, I have to note the fact that President Trump cracked open the shell of this trust with Chairman Kim Jong Un; shared the bright future beyond the denuclearization, and urging North Korea to act.  It's a new approach.  I'd like to pay tribute to his new approach.

     Most important thing is resolution of abduction issue, and it means that I'm resolved that I have to directly see Chairman Kim face to face without attaching any conditions.  I meet him, and then, frankly, and I must have discussion in complete candor.

     At the summit talk today, to my resolution as such, President Trump expressed that he will give all-out support.  He will spare no efforts in rendering assistance to my efforts.  It was a very strong support.

     President Trump and family members of abducted victims had a meeting, and President Trump would look into the eyes of the family members directly.  And he was listening to the remarks very seriously.  We have to resolve this abduction issue.  This is the thought that I have, which was shared by President Trump.

     Once again, looking toward the resolution of abduction issue, I'd like to pay tribute and gratitude to the lavish understanding and support.

Now, including the points that you asked on the topic of a summit talk between Japan and North Korea, as of now, there is no specific goal in sight.  But based upon the Japan-North Korea Pyongyang Declaration, we want to solve comprehensive issues -- pending issues like abduction, nuclear missiles.  We must come to terms with the unfortunate past, and we must normalize the diplomatic relations.  This line is unchanged.  Abduction issue is the most important issue for Abe administration.  Family members of abductees have advanced in their age.

As the President of LDP, I have a certain term -- your question sort of implied.  And also, a one-time meeting could resolve the issue?  You asked.  Irrespective of my term in office, I have to do everything I can, all-out efforts of myself, for the resolution of this issue.  As the Prime Minister, I have responsibility as such.

Going forward, I will discharge this responsibility.  And in order to do that as the Prime Minister, day in and day out, I will do my best, and all-out efforts I will endeavor.

MS. SANDERS:  The United States' first question will go to Vivian Salama of the Wall Street Journal.

Q    Thanks, Sarah.  Mr. President and Prime Minister.  Mr. President, I hope you'll indulge me with two questions since we're far from home.  The first one is: So if Kim Jong Un is not violating his promise to you by firing small weapons, as you said in your tweet yesterday, what would you consider a violation exactly?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, first of all, let me say that I think that Kim Jong Un, or Chairman Kim, as some people say, is looking to create a nation that has great strength economically.  I think he's very much -- I talk to him a lot about it, and he's very much into the fact that -- he believes, like I do, that North Korea has tremendous economic potential like perhaps few other developing nations anywhere in the world.

And I think that he is looking to develop that way.  He knows that, with nuclear, that’s never going to happen.  Only bad can happen.  He understands that.  He is a very smart man.  He gets it well.

So I think that he is -- he is going to try, at some point.  I'm in no rush at all.  The sanctions remain.  We have our hostages back.  We, as you know, are getting the remains -- continuing to get the remains.  A lot of good things are happening.

And, very importantly, there's been no nuclear testing for two years.  I looked at a chart the other day.  During the past administration, there were many numbers that were very high, like 10 and 12 and 18, having to do with missile launches and nuclear testing.  And for the last two years, on the bottom, it had zero and zero.

So, I am very happy with the way it's going.  And intelligent people agree with me.

Q    You're not bothered at all by the small missiles?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, I'm not.  I am personally not.

Q    Okay.  Thank you.  One more question, Mr. President.  Last week, you declared that you won't work with Democrats in Congress until they stop investigating you.  So how are you going to explain to your voters when it comes at the expense of some of the promises that you've made to them?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, there's never been a President more transparent.  The Mueller report came out: no obstruction, no collusion.  No nothing.  It's a beautiful report.

The Democrats cannot understand what happened.  They really thought they had some people on their side, because, as you know, the people doing the investigation were 18 extremely angry Democrats, many of whom worked for Hillary Clinton and supported Hillary Clinton.

And Bob Mueller, I guess you could say, he wasn’t a friend of mine, but he did something that was really the right thing to do.  They were very disappointed.  They can't get over the fact that I never spoke to Russia, never dealt with Russia, having to do with the subject we're talking about.

And I will say this: That without question, we have done a job like few Presidents have done.  The only thing you can say about me, that some people may not like, is that I've created one of the greatest economies anywhere in the world.  In fact, when I first met with, yesterday -- with Prime Minister Abe, the first thing he did was congratulate me on the incredible economy that we have in the United States.

So, I think that we will work with them.  We have a USMCA.  We have a deal with Canada and Mexico that everybody wants, I think.  It's all done.  And I think they probably want to be doing that.

As you know, Ambassador Lighthizer is here, right now.  That’s a deal that's gotten universal praise.  Unions love it.  Farmers love it.  Manufacturers love it.  You won't have companies leaving and going to Mexico and going to Canada and going like they were for many, many years.  It's a great deal.  I would imagine that Nancy Pelosi will approve that.  I would think it would be very hard not to, but we'll see.

But certainly, as things get approved I would love to sign them.  It's only good for our country.  I'm only interested in what's good for our country.  It’s very important.  Thank you very much.

Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  Prime Minister, I hope you'll also indulge me with two questions, since I'm far from home.  Did you get any reassurances today from President Trump that he will not impose tariffs on cars or auto parts six months from now?
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I want to hear this answer too.  (Laughter.)
     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  Well, last year, in September, between -- President Trump and I agreed on joint statement regarding -- including auto and auto parts.  Currently, based upon the joint statement of September, Minister Motegi and Ambassador Lighthizer are discussing and talking about this matter.
     So we agreed to accelerate the talk as such, and that was the agreement I reached with President Trump.
     Q    My second question?  I left my translator, so -- (laughs.)
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That's about four.  (Laughter.)  I think probably that's enough.
     Q    Okay.
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I think your compatriots will not be happy with another question.  All right?
     Q    Okay.  All right.  Thank you very much.
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.
     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  Once again, a question from Japanese media.  Please.
     Q    (As interpreted.)  (Inaudible) from (inaudible) television.  I have a question to Prime Minister Abe about the U.S.-Japan trade agreement.  Before the election, there are some voices of anxiety expressed from some trade organizations.  Now, the tariff level -- the maximum that you can have on tariff is at the same of TPP.  Is that unchanged?
     Now, regarding the calendar: In the beginning of the talk, in August there could be a major statement, announcement.  Prime Minister, that was the comment of President Trump.  Do you agree with him?  And in today's talk, what was the timeframe?  What was the scheduling of those matters?  Between U.S. and Japan, trade friction or trade debate is happening.  What was the outlook on that relationship?  As for Japan, is there any mitigating role that Japan can take?
     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  Two questions, I guess.  Last year, in September, President Trump and I agreed on the joint statement.  Based upon that, Minister Motegi and Ambassador Lighthizer, USTR, are vigorously conducting discussions and talks.  This time around, Minister Motegi and Ambassador Lighthizer -- between them, I think a quite in-depth discussion was held.  That is, I am informed.
     With President Trump, we agreed that -- let us accelerate the talks between the ministers.  So we have joint statement, and that must be the grand premise upon which we must create win-win result, which would be beneficial to both nations.  That is my thinking.
     Now, next point of question: U.S.-China trade negotiation.  I think that was the question.  Sino-U.S. relationship, respectively, they occupy number one and number one economic powerful position of the world.  Between the two countries, stable economic relationship is built.  That would benefit not only Japan but the Asian countries and to the whole world.  It's very important that there be stable economic relationship.
With a view as such, I hope that, continuously, U.S. and China will go through dialogue in order to seek constructive solution of the problem.
Today, with the President, we discussed economic issues.  And the global economy was something that we also addressed.  There are a variety of challenges in the global economy we discussed in today's talk.
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I wanted to add, though, that -- very importantly -- I have nothing to do with TPP.  Okay?  Nothing to do.  I'm not bound by anything that anybody else signs with respect to the United States.  TPP would've destroyed our automobile industry and many of our manufacturers.  We are not involved in TPP.  So what other countries agreed to is not binding at all on the United States.
     As far as China is concerned, they want to make a deal.  I think they probably wish they made the deal that they had on the table before they tried to renegotiate it.  They would like to make a deal.  We're not ready to make a deal.  And we're taking in tens of billions of dollars of tariffs, and that number could go up very, very substantially, very easily.
     But I think, sometime in the future, China and the United States will absolutely have a great trade deal.  And we look forward to that.
     Okay?  Thank you.
     MS. SANDERS:  The United States' second question goes to Jeff Mason of Reuters.
     Q    Thank you, sir.  I'm going to follow Vivian's lead and ask two questions, if I can.  First is a follow-up on trade.  Can you lay out specifically, Mr. President, what Japan needs to do to avoid auto tariffs?  And before you come back to the G20 in another month or so, do you expect talks with China to get back on track this year at all?
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  First of all, getting to the G20, I think that we are very much discussing different things with Japan.  We have an unbelievably large imbalance -- as you know, trade imbalance -- which has been there for many, many years; Japan having the big advantage.  They are brilliant businesspeople, brilliant negotiators, and put us in a very tough spot.  But I think we will have a deal with Japan.
Likewise, I think we will have a deal with China sometime into the future.  Many companies are leaving China right now because of the tariffs.  China is subsidizing a lot of industry because -- you know, foolishly, some people said that the American taxpayer is paying the tariffs of China.  No, no, no -- it’s not that way.  They’re paying a small percentage, but our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars.
Our farmers -- out of all of that money, the tens of billions of dollars -- we’re giving a relatively small percentage to our farmers, who have really been a focal point of what’s gone on with trade.  As you know, they’ve earmarked and they’ve gone after the farmer, thinking that if they hurt the farmer, I’m going to negotiate a bad deal for the rest of the country.
I’ll tell you, the American farmer -- these are patriots.  These are great patriots.  They don’t want subsidy.  We’ve had meetings -- and I’ve had meetings with 32, 35, 40 farmers at one time, numerous times.  And they don’t want subsidy.  I’ve told that to you before, Jeff.  They want a level playing field.  That’s all they want, because they’re better than anybody in the world.
     And they’ve told me.  I said, “You know, I’m going to get you subsidy while China takes advantage of us and China takes advantage of you, by pinpointing you.”  They say, “We don’t want subsidies, sir.  All we want is a laying play- -- really, a level playing field."
     The American farmer -- these are great patriots.  They are unbelievable people.  And they’re with me, 100 percent.  I believe that we will have a very good deal with China sometime into the future, because I don’t believe that China can continue to pay these, really, hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs.  I don’t believe they can do that.
     You know, businesses are leaving China by the hundreds, by the thousands -- going into areas that are non-tariffed, including the United States, by the way.  But they’re going to different parts of Asia -- Vietnam; frankly, Japan.  But they’re going to a lot of places, but they’re also coming to the United States because people don’t want to pay the tariff.
     And if you look, there is no tariff to pay.  All you have to do is move your company to the United States.  There is no 25 percent tariff.
     But with all of that being said, I think that there’s a very good chance that the United States and China will have a very good trade deal.
     Q    And, Mr. President, a follow-up on North Korea.  You tweeted about North Korea yesterday.  Do you believe that they violated U.N. resolutions with the short-range missile launch?  And does it give you pause at all to be appearing to side with a brutal dictator instead of with a fellow American -- the former Vice President Joe Biden?
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low-IQ individual.  He probably is, based on his record.  I think I agree with him on that.  But, at the same time, my people think it could have been a violation, as you know.  I view it differently.  I view it as a man -- perhaps he wants to get attention, and perhaps not.  Who knows?  It doesn’t matter.
     All I know is that there have been no nuclear tests.  There have been no ballistic missiles going out.  There have been no long-range missiles going out.  And I think that someday we’ll have a deal.  I’m not in a rush.  Tremendous sanctions being put on the country of North Korea.
And, again, Kim Jong Un understands the unbelievable economic potential that country has.  It’s located between Russia and China, on one side, and South Korea on the other.  And it’s all waterfront property.  It’s a great location, as we used to say in the real estate business.  And I think he sees that.
And I have to tell you -- one other country -- I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal.  And I think that’s very smart of them.  And I think that’s a possibility to happen also.
Q    But in terms of criticism that you’re sort of supporting a dictator instead of an American Vice President?
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, when I look at what’s been done by our Vice President and the President, when I look at the horrible Iran deal that they made -- look what happened since I terminated the Iran deal.  Look what has happened to Iran.
Iran, when I first came into office, was a terror.  They were fighting in many locations all over the Middle East.  They were behind every single major attack, whether it was Syria, whether it was Yemen, whether it was individual smaller areas, whether it was taking away oil from people.  They were involved with everything.
Now they’re pulling back because they’re got serious economic problems.  We have massive -- as you know, massive sanctions and other things.  I mean, we just said the other day: steel, copper, different elements of what they used to sell.  The oil is essentially dried up.  And I’m not looking to hurt Iran at all.  I’m looking to have Iran say, “No nuclear weapons.”  We have enough problems in this world right now with nuclear weapons.  No nuclear weapons for Iran.
And I think we’ll make a deal.  I think Iran -- again, I think Iran has tremendous economic potential.  And I look forward to letting them get back to the stage where they can show that.  I think Iran -- I know so many people from Iran.  These are great people.  It has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership.  We’re not looking for regime change.  I just want to make that clear.  We’re looking for no nuclear weapons.
If you look at the deal that Biden and President Obama signed, they would have access -- free access -- to nuclear weapons, where they wouldn’t even be in violation, in just a very short period of time.  What kind of a deal is that?
So we can’t have that.  Plus, there were many other things they did that were very bad.  So I don’t take sides as to who I’m in favor or who I’m not, but I can tell you that Joe Biden was a disaster.  His administration, with President Obama, they were basically a disaster when it came to so many things, whether it was economy, whether it was military, defense.  No matter what it was, they had a lot problems.  So, I'm not a fan.
Q    One question for the Prime Minister, sir.  Do you share President Trump's optimism about North Korea and his position about the recent missile launches?

And also, could you tell us -- and perhaps tell us what you told the President -- what you expect or would like to achieve if you travel to Iran and hold talks with Iran?

     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  President Trump conducted summit meeting with North Korea together with Chairman Kim.  He agreed on the denuclearization of Korean Peninsula and he signed the document.  There was great significance in that.

     He cracked open the shell of distrust so that a future -- bright future -- can be shared and urge North Korea to act accordingly.  This was a new approach, which I welcome.  Of course, North Korean denuclearization -- for many years, this was not achieved.  But precisely because it was not achieved, difficult as it is, President Trump just said that he will make a challenge with a new approach.

So we are neighbor to North Korea.  We are most threatened among countries.  So, as the Prime Minister of such a country, such act of a Prime Minister -- of President Trump and policy, I have a trust in it, and I would like to support it.

In this context, the abduction issue is of paramount importance.  In Hanoi -- at the summit talk in Hanoi, President Trump, on behalf of my thinking, he conveyed and communicated my thinking to Kim Jong Un.  And I, as well as the country of Japan, are thankful.

A moment ago, President Trump met with the family members of the abductees, and the family members were very appreciative of President Trump.  So his approach is something that everybody wants to have hope.  So that was the view of the families of abductees.

Now, the launching of the missiles this time: On the 9th of May, North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile.  This is violating the Security Council resolution.  So my reaction is, as I said earlier on, it is of great regret.  But at the same time, between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, certain new approach was taken, and that is something that I would like pay tribute to.

In any event, denuclearization of Korean Peninsula is the goal.  So, U.S., Japan, South Korea, and Europe, and other countries will act in cooperation so that the U.S.-North Korean process would be supported.

     Q    Iran?

PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  What about Iran?  There was a question about Iran.

     Regarding Iran -- regarding the JCPA, we have expressed our position at the appropriate timing.  Peace and stability of Middle East is very important for Japan and the United States, and also for the international community as a whole.  It's very important.

In this context, in order to make contribution for the peace and stability of the region, we would like to discharge whatever we can do.  So whatever it is possible for Japan to do, we absolutely would like to do this going forward.  Between Japan and the United States, there should be close collaboration so that this tension surrounding Iran should be mitigated and alleviated, and it shouldn’t culminate in the armed conflict.

     Thank you very much.

                              END                 3:42 P.M. JST


Office of the Press Secretary

Akasaka Palace
Tokyo, Japan

11:04 A.M. JST

     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  Once again, I welcome back to Japan President Trump.  With the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor on the 1st of May, Japan had entered into the new era called Reiwa.

     Japan had experienced the abdication of His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus with the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor for the first time in 202 years.  And as we entered into the new era called Reiwa, we invited President Trump and Madam First Lady as the very first state guests for us.  And it was a tremendous honor for us to welcome you.

     Yesterday, after only a short interval since we played golf together in Virginia about a month ago, we had a chance to play golf again.  And this time around, we had the pleasure of playing golf with Mr. Isao Aoki, who had the very fierce battle with Jack Nicklaus.

     And also, for the first time in the history, President Trump kindly joined me and my wife, together with Madam First Lady, to see the final day of the Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Stadium.  As you know, sumo is a national sport.  And also, President Trump kindly presented the first-ever U.S. President's Cup to the winner of the tournament, Asanoyama.  And I'm sure for Asanoyama it was an unforgettable moment for him to receive the trophy directly from Mr. President.

     So we are now about to start our official summit meeting in which we are going to discuss various challenges of the international community, including North Korea.  Of course, we are going to cover bilateral economic issues between Japan and the United States.  On top of that, we will have robust coordination so as to bring the G20 Osaka Summit to a successful conclusion thorough our great partnership.  And I certainly look forward to having a very candid and productive discussion with Mr. President.

     So I certainly would like to make this state visit by Mr. President and Madam First Lady to Japan something wonderful that will be fitting the dawn of the new era called Reiwa.  And also, I am determined to demonstrate, both at home and abroad, that there is a very strong bond of Japan-U.S. alliance in the new era Reiwa.

     Thank you very much.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Shinzo.  And this has been not only an honor, it's been fun.  It's a very important moment because of what we're doing today with respect to the new Emperor.  And having gotten to know the Emperor and also the Emperor's family, meeting his father and mother, it was very special the last time.

     And this is very big.  It's a very important thing not only in Japan, but all over the world they're talking about it.  And it's very exciting to be a part of it, and we look forward to having an incredible evening tonight with the Emperor and his family.

We’ve had some great talk on trade.  We’ve had some great talk on the military.  And we discussed, of course, North Korea.  I think we’ve made a lot of progress on a lot of subjects.

Our relationship -- I think I can speak from the standpoint of the United States -- has never been better than it is right now with Japan.  I feel that we understand each other very well.  We’re very committed to each other as nations.  So we have a situation where we have the best relationship that we’ve ever had with Japan, and we’re going to keep it that way.

     We are working on the imbalance of trade.  There’s been a tremendous imbalance, and we’re working on that, and I’m sure that that will work out over a period of time.  This meeting really was having to do with the enthronement of the Emperor and the celebration of the enthronement, and the meeting.

And I will say, right from the day the Prime Minister mentioned it to me, he said that the United States is the first country that’s invited to meet the new Emperor.  And that was a great honor.  That’s a big thing.  Two hundred and two years -- that’s the last time this has happened.  And they believe that it goes back 3,500 years.  So that’s really some incredible culture.

This is an incredible culture.  When you talk about interesting -- really, interesting and fabulous places and countries, Japan has always got to be right at the top of that list.  It’s incredible what they’ve done.  It’s incredible where they came from.  You look back at their history, and -- so long and so prosperous and incredible.

     So, they’re incredible people with a truly amazing Prime Minister -- who’s my friend, who’s a friend for the United States.  And we’re going to do a lot of business together.  We’re going to have a lot success together.  And thank you very much for inviting me.  Thank you.

     Prime Minister Abe and myself will be meeting, really, for, I guess you could say, three separate meetings with three separate groups to discuss three separate things -- all very important: military, trade, North Korea.  And there may be some other elements thrown in there, but we will be discussing, in great detail, those three very important events.  And a lot of things are happening.  A lot of very positive things are happening on trade.

     I personally think that lots of good things will come with North Korea.  I feel that.  I may be right.  I may be wrong.  But I feel that.  We’ve come a long way.  There’s been no rocket testing.  There’s been no nuclear testing.  There’s been very little activity from that standpoint.  So I think we’ve come a long way with North Korea.  We’ll see what happens.

There’s a good respect built -- maybe a great respect built -- between certainly the United States and North Korea.  But we will see what happens.  When I took -- when I came into office, you know what was going on.  There was testing all the time -- nuclear testing at the highest level.  And that seems to have stopped, but only time will tell.  And let’s see if something constructive can be done.  Let’s see if something constructive can come of what we’ve been doing.

     But if you look back for the last two years, it’s been a big difference.  We’ll see what happens.

     Trade-wise, I think we will be announcing some things, probably in August, that will be very good for both countries.  We have to do a little catching up with Japan because they've been doing much more business with us, and we'd like to do a little bit more business in the reverse.  The balance will -- we'll get the balance of trade, I think, straightened out rapidly.

     Japan has been buying a tremendous amount of military equipment from the United States.  We make the best in the world.  And, as you know, they feel that they need it, and I feel that they need it also.  And they've been buying almost exclusively from the United States, and that brings our deficits way down.

     So I just want to thank everybody for being here.  This is a very exciting time.  Tonight, we're having a celebration of the Emperor and his family, and that'll be something very special.  And then, tomorrow, we land on two ships.  One of them will be a truly spectacular American aircraft carrier, and one will be a tremendous new ship that's Japanese.  We're doing a combination.  We're going to do a double, and it should be very exciting.  And I hope you're able to come and get on because I think it's going to be very exciting tomorrow.

     And we're just celebrating our relationship together.  So I want to thank everybody for coming here.  I know it's a long way, but it's worth it, and it's -- especially when you get to know the people.  The people of Japan are great people.  It's a great nation.  And, Prime Minister, thank you very much.

     Go ahead, Jeff.

     Q    Do you welcome the Prime Minister negotiating between the U.S. and Iran?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I know that the Prime Minister and Japan have a very good relationship with Iran, so we'll see what happens.  The Prime Minister has already spoken to me about that.  And I do believe that Iran would like to talk.  And if they'd like to talk, we'd like to talk also.  We'll see what happens.

     But I know for a fact that the Prime Minister is very close with the leadership of Iran, and we'll see what happens.  That would be fine.

     Nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me.

     Q    Mr. President, can you explain how you will discuss with the Prime Minister today why you view Japanese autos as a security threat?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, it's all a balance sheet thing.  When I talk about a security threat, I talk about a balance sheet.  To have a great military, you have to have a great balance sheet.  We're building a tremendous balance sheet.  But in order to have $716 billion a year in military expenditures, you have to have a lot of money coming in.  And we will talk to Japan about autos.

I will say, at the same time, since I'm President, many auto companies have announced and have actually built, and are building, plants in the United States.  In fact, I'd like to ask the Prime Minister to mention that.  Because since I'm President, unprecedented amounts of dollars are being invested in plants and factories, equipment, in the United States.  And perhaps, I could ask the Prime Minister to tell them -- tell you folks a few things, including many car companies and many new, beautiful plants.

(Cross-talk from press.)

(Press is ushered out.)

                          END                11:21 A.M. JST


Office of the Press Secretary

Inakaya East
Tokyo, Japan

6:16 P.M. JST
May 26, 2019

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  We've had a great time, a great stay.  And tomorrow is really the main event -- a very important event in the history of Japan.  It's over 200 years since something like this has happened.  So it's a great honor to be representing the United States.

And the Prime Minister and I talked a lot today about trade and military and various other things.  And I think we had a very productive day.  And tomorrow, likewise, will be a very productive day.

And I just want to thank you.  That was an incredible evening at sumo -- sumo wrestling.  And the United States -- we contributed -- I did this one personally.  I didn't want to have anybody get me in trouble, so we did it personally.  We bought that beautiful trophy, which they'll have, hopefully, for many hundreds of years.  And that will be their trophy for the championship -- sumo championships.  And I think it was very nice.

And I -- we really enjoyed being there.  It was something to see these great athletes, because they really are athletes.  It's a very ancient sport.  And I've always wanted to see sumo wrestling, so it was really great.

Thank you very much for being here.

PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (No translation provided.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.

                         END                 6:18 P.M. JST

Readout from First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit in Tokyo, Japan - Day One JST (local time)

Office of the First Lady
Readout from First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit in Tokyo, Japan - Day One
JST (local time)

TOKYO, JAPAN - First Lady Melania Trump accompanied her husband to Tokyo, Japan for a state visit between the two nations.  Upon arrival into Haneda Airport, the First Lady and the President were met by leadership from the Japanese Delegation. 
On Sunday morning, May 26, Mrs. Trump accompanied Mrs. Abe, the spouse of Japan’s Prime Minister, on a tour of the teamLab Borderless Exhibit at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo.  Mrs. Trump is the first United States First Lady to visit the colorful and interactive museum.  The First Lady was greeted by Mrs. Abe, Mrs. Yoshiko Mori, Chairperson of Mori Museum, and Mr. Michiho Kishi, Head of Art and Cultural Business Promotion at the Mori Arts Center & teamLab Exhibit Tour Guide.   The tour included stops into several of the exhibits – including the flower room, waterfall room, crystal room, cave room, lamp room, and landscape exhibit each made up of light shows and interactive demonstrations.  The tour ended at the digital aquarium where children participated in drawing sea animals and scanning them into a computer that projected them onto the walls – making a child’s imagination come alive.  Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Abe were met by Mrs. Hagerty, spouse of the United States Ambassador to Japan, and Mrs. Sugiyama, spouse of the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, in the aquarium where they joined the children in designing sea creature creations.  Before departing the museum, Mrs. Trump, Mrs. Abe, Mrs. Hagerty, and Mrs. Sugiyama gathered for tea in the Tea House exhibit.

“Thank you to the Mori Building Digital Art Museum for letting us enjoy your creative exhibits,” said First Lady Melania Trump.  “I loved seeing children’s creations come to life on the walls.  Mrs. Abe is a wonderful host and it is great to be back in Tokyo, exploring more of this wonderful city. ”

In the evening, the First Lady and the President accompanied Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe to a sumo wrestling championship match at the Ryogoku-Kokuikan Stadium.  The evening concluded with a private dinner between the First Lady, the President, the Prime Minister, and Mrs. Abe at Inayaka East. 


Office of the Press Secretary


Ambassador's Residence
Tokyo, Japan

(May 25, 2019) 
6:05 P.M. JST

      PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  We just spent many, many hours on the plane.  You know the flight probably as well as I do.  And here we are.  We just walked off the plane, and here we are, along with probably 40 of the greatest business leaders in the world.  So thank you very much.  Please, sit down.  Thank you.

      Thank you, Ambassador Hagerty.  And you've been doing a fantastic job.  Everybody is talking about the job.  Do we like the job he's doing, folks?  (Applause.)  Right?  And we really have strengthened the enduring alliance between the United States and Japan; it's very special.  And the relationship that I have with Prime Minister Abe is very special.  We greatly appreciate all of your hard work in organizing this wonderful event.  And, Mrs. Hagerty, thank you very much.  Fantastic job.  Thank you.

      The First Lady and I are thrilled to be with you as we celebrate Japan’s Reiwa Era -- a very special time -- and affirm the close economic ties between our two nations.

      This evening, we're delighted to be joined by Ambassador Lighthizer.  Where is Bob?  They didn’t give you a great seat, Bob.  Huh?  What happened?  (Laughter.)  Who's been very busy negotiating deals and doing a fantastic job.  Thank you very much, Bob.  It's great you're here.  As well as Mr. Peter Jennings, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Peter.  Fantastic.  Thank you.

      Also in the room tonight are dozens of the distinguished representatives from the American and Japanese communities.  The greatest business men and women in the world.  You really have some people that are -- just been incredible and incredible investors in our country.  Thank you very much.

      You said, if I win, you're going to put $50 billion, and you put the $50 billion in.

      PARTICIPANT:  More.
      THE PRESIDENT:  Now he says more.  He actually raised it to $100 billion.  That's true.  It's probably higher than that too.

      Thank you very much.  I appreciate that confidence.

      We also appreciate all of your spouses being here.  Very special people.  Without the spouses, it doesn’t work.  That, we will all admit.  So thank you all for being here.

      We're deeply grateful to you for your presence.  And the relationship with Japan and the United States, I can say for a fact, has never been stronger.  It's never been more powerful.  Never been closer.

      This is a very exciting time for commerce between the two countries that we both love.  The United States and Japan are two of the largest economies in the world.  You're right there.  You're doing fantastically well.  I was looking very closely on the ride over at some of the numbers being produced in Japan, and you're doing great.

      Today, we're cooperating closely across many industries, including defense, technology, digital economy, and energy; also infrastructure, science, and so much more.

      As you know, the United States and Japan are hard at work negotiating a bilateral trade agreement, which will benefit both of our countries.  I would say that Japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that's okay.  Maybe that's why you like us so much.  But we'll get it a little bit more fair, I think.  I think we'll do that.

      We also have a tremendous relationship on the military.  And Japan is ordering a great deal of military equipment.  We make the best equipment in the world: the best jets, the best missiles, the best rockets.  The best everything.  So Japan is doing very large orders, and we appreciate that, and we think it's probably appropriate right now with everything that's going on.  The world is changing.

      With this deal, we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to United States exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship.  And we're getting closer.

      Just last week, U.S. beef exports gained full access to Japan and to the markets in Japan for the first time since the year 2000.  We welcome your support in these efforts, and we hope to have several further announcements soon, and some very big ones over the next few months.  And we're also here, as you know, for a very special occasion, not having to do with trade.  We all know about that.

      Our nations are also working together to promote mutually beneficial investment.  The United States is currently Japan’s top foreign direct investor, by far.  And overall Japanese investment in the United States supports nearly a million jobs, and that number is going up very rapidly.  In fact, we're looking at projections with all of the money coming in for the new auto plants and other things.  That number will be doubled in a very short period of time.

      Over the past two years alone, Japan has invested tens of billions of dollars in the United States.  In March, Toyota -- where's Toyota?  Huh?  I thought that was you.  Please, stand up.  That's pretty big stuff, right?  Thank you very much.  We appreciate it very much.  Thank you.  Which is represented, and a number of people.  But we have the boss.  There's nothing like the boss.  Thank you.

      Recently announced new investments of $750 million, and increased its five-year investment plan to $13 billion -- appreciate it -- with plans to add many, many new American manufacturing jobs.

      And last month, Softbank and Denso -- where are they?  Please.  Where are they?  Well, this guy.  Where is -- do you have another?  Or do you -- that's what I thought.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Appreciate it.  Joined Toyota in announcing a one-billion-dollar investment to help Uber develop self-driving cars and technology.  And I guess self-driving cars are becoming a bigger and bigger thing.  What do you think?  Yes?  That's the future.  If you say that's the future, I'm okay with it.  It seems very strange when you look over and there's nobody behind a car going 60 miles an hour.  (Laughter.)  But when you say it, I'm good with it.

      I hope many of you in the room will also significantly increase your investments in the United States.  There's no better place to invest.  You look at what's happened with our stock market.  It's up almost 50 percent since my election in 2016.  We have the best employment numbers we've ever had, as of this week.  We have almost 160 million people working.  It's the most we've ever had working.

      And we have the best unemployment numbers we've ever had, specifically on groups: African Americans, Asian American, Hispanic American.  The best, historically.  With women, we have the best numbers we've had in now 71 years.  That's going to be, very soon, a historic number, meaning the best ever.
So there's never been a better time to invest and to do business in the United States.  We have some interesting trade deals going on -- I'm sure you haven’t read too much about it -- with China and some others.  But it seems to be working along, actually, quite well.

      Last year, for the first time in a decade, the United States was ranked the most competitive economy anywhere in the world.  During that year, our economy grew at 3 percent.  And if the Fed didn’t raise interest rates, frankly, it would’ve been much higher than 3 percent.  And the stock market, as high as it's been, would've been at least, I think, probably anywhere from seven to ten thousand points higher.  But they wanted to raise interest rates.  You'll explain that to me.  (Laughter.)

      According to the World Economic Forum, our financial system and business dynamics, and labor market, all ranked number one anywhere in the world.

      Manufacturing and small business optimism have set all-time records, and consumer confidence has just surged to a 21-year high.  So they do studies, they do polls, and we're literally at the top of every study and every poll.  So that's good.  The optimism is what it's all about, when you think about it.

      We slashed our corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to one of the lowest in the developed world.  We took it down -- I mean, some people could say we're at 41, 42 percent -- different places, different areas.  But we took it down from probably, on average, 41, 42 percent -- depending on what state you're talking about; sometimes much higher than that -- to 21 percent.  And people were pretty amazed that we got that through.  But what it meant is tremendous investment and jobs.  Because capital investment is now 100 percent deductible, and that's something that people thought would never happen, they'd never see.

      You have one-year deductions, where it used to be, in many cases, 40-year deductions.  And we've cut red tape and job-killing regulation at an unprecedented rate -- the most ever by a President.  And you could take four years or eight years, or more than that, in one case, and the fact is that nobody has ever cut regulations like we have.

      We've eliminated more than 30,000 pages from the Federal Register of regulations.  These are all regulations.  Thousands and thousands of pages; they're all gone.  And we still have regulation but it's sensible regulation.  It's environmentally excellent.  And things are getting done.

      In Louisiana -- I just left Louisiana a few days ago -- they opened an LNG plant.  It's a $10 billion investment.  Many Japanese investors, actually, in that plant.  Anybody in this room investing in that plant, in Louisiana?  It just opened.  It's too bad because --

      AMBASSADOR HAGERTY:  The back table --

      THE PRESIDENT:  Where?

      AMBASSADOR HAGERTY:  The back table just (inaudible).

      THE PRESIDENT:  Congratulations.  Because I hear you're sold out for 20 years, right?  That's been a good one.  Are you happy with the investment?

      PARTICIPANT:  Oh, yes.

      THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, good.  I think you would be.  I've heard it's been very good.

      But we got the permits that were stuck for years and years and years, where they couldn't get permits.  We got the permits as soon as I got into office.  I made sure that people were able to get permits to build.  And that LNG plant is one of the biggest in the world.  It is absolutely magnificent.

      Of course, most people have no idea what they're looking at.  This is a building that's a mile and half long and it's all pipes.  It's all pipes.  But in those pipes are where a lot of energy is being produced.  And they were telling me the numbers and the amounts; it's incredible.  And now they're building many more.  So we're going to -- we're really doing something very special.

      The United States, as you know, has become the number-one country in the world, during my administration -- two and a half years -- in energy.  So we're now number one in the world.  And, actually, we're number one in the world, by far.

      And if I get the pipelines approved in Texas, which have been under consideration for many, many years -- we'll get them done quickly because it's a good thing -- and if we get that, we'll be up another 20 to 25 percent.  Just that one move with the pipelines.

      We were able to do the, as you know, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and we're able to do many pipelines.  Many, many, pipelines got approved that were stuck.  They were absolutely stuck.

      You know the Keystone XL Pipeline -- the big one -- I did that in my first week in office.  Forty-eight thousand jobs.  And that's now under construction.

      So we want U.S. companies.  We want Japanese companies.  We want firms from all around the world to build and hire and grow in the United States.  It really is a special place.  And we really have made it much easier.  We've gotten rid of a lot of the red tape.

      As an example, if you look at the various types of plants, nobody was getting them approved.  Nobody was getting them out of the EPA.  You couldn't get refineries done.  You couldn't get anything.  We were sending our raw product way far away to foreign countries to have it refined.  And then, we'd bring it back to the United States.  And now we have plants, the likes of which nobody has ever seen, actually.

      Commerce between the United States and Japan is essential to ensuring a future of peace and prosperity for all of our citizens.  That relationship is so important.

      And I will say this: I met with some of our generals this morning, before we left, and the relationship they have with the Japanese generals has been incredible.  And they have tremendous respect for them, too.  Tremendous respect.

      If you join in seizing the incredible opportunities now before us, in terms of investments in the United States, I think you're going to see tremendous return on your investments.

      It's my sincere hope that the Reiwa Era -- the economic ties between the United States and Japan continue to grow deeper and stronger, if that's possible.  I think we, right now, probably have the best relationship with Japan that we've ever had.  And that goes back a long way.  But I don't think it's ever been better.  This probably is -- this probably is the best.  And we're going to keep it that way.

      So I look forward to seeing you all.  I look forward to shaking your hands right now.  I know the media -- finally, we'll get them to go back and rest because many of them came on the flight with us, and I'm sure they want to go home.  I'm sure they wouldn't want to stick around and -- (laughter) -- hear any of these conversations.

      But, anyway.  But we had a good time on the flight.  We had a great flight.  And it's an honor to be with you again.  I've been to Japan many times and have so many friends, and they are just -- it's a great place with great, great people.  Really, great, great people.
      Thank you very much.  And let's say hello to everybody.  Thank you.  And thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you. 

                               END                 6:20 P.M. JST


President Donald J. Trump Approves Oklahoma Emergency Declaration

Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Approves Oklahoma Emergency Declaration
Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Oklahoma and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from flooding beginning on May 7, 2019, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Haskell, Kay, LeFlore, Muskogee, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Sequoyah, Tulsa, and Wagoner.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Gerard M. Stolar as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.



Office of the Press Secretary


“The friendship between Japan and the United States has never been closer. I truly believe it has never been closer than it is today. And the bonds between our people have never been stronger.” – President Donald J. Trump

A HISTORIC NEW ERA: President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump congratulate Japan on their new era of Reiwa and look forward to a great friendship and bright future.
  • Earlier this month, the Japanese people welcomed the new Imperial Era of “Reiwa,”which means “beautiful harmony.”
  • In the spirit of this new era, President Trump recommits the United States to advancing our strong partnership and achieving our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
  • Since his election, President Trump has worked with Prime Minister Abe to build a true global partnership centered on robust security, technological advancement, and economic progress.
  • Together, the United States and Japan are defending free and open societies while taking steps to further strengthen our nations and achieve true, shared prosperity.
EXPANDING OUR PARTNERSHIP: President Trump is expanding cooperation with Japan and working to address emerging challenges by making our alliance more robust and adaptable.
  • President Trump and Prime Minister Abe are working to build a network of alliances and partnerships, anchored by the United States-Japan Alliance.
  • Together, we are advancing a rules-based maritime order, improving energy and digital network security, strengthening nuclear security, and boosting natural disaster resiliency.
  • The United States and Japan share a vital security partnership, which includes the sale and transfer of defense systems between our two countries.
    • Japan is one of the world’s largest purchasers of the American-made F-35 jet and has invested in other United States defense systems.
    • The United States is committed to realigning its Armed Forces in Japan to achieve optimal operational readiness, maintain deterrent capabilities, and preserve peace.
  • To protect sensitive and vital information, we are strengthening information security practices, and the United States-Japan partnership in digital economy ensures that cyberspace adheres to international laws and norms.
ADVANCING OUR SHARED PROSPERITY: President Trump is committed to achieving fair, balanced, and mutually beneficial trade and investment between the United States and Japan.
  • Last fall, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe agreed to enter into negotiations for a United States-Japan Trade Agreement, a process that is currently ongoing.
  • Since 2017, we have negotiated numerous beneficial agreements on energy. Both sides are promoting high quality and transparent infrastructure investments worth billions of dollars.
  • Additionally, the United States and Japan are cooperating through the Japan-United States Strategic Energy Partnership to grow sustainable and secure energy markets across the world.
  • The United States and Japan are cooperating to advance our shared interests in space, including accelerating NASA’s return to the Moon.
  • President Trump and Prime Minister Abe are championing young leaders in the region, working to unlock greater private investment for partner countries and combatting corruption worldwide.