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Trump arrives in Japan, toasts business leaders

Tom Howell Jr. The Washington TimesMay 25, 2019

Kicking off a fun-filled Tokyo weekend, President Trump told Japanese business leaders Saturday they’re “doing great” but that he’s seeking a bilateral trade deal to reset the balance of the relationship in the coming months.

“Japan has had a substantial advantage for many, many years, but that’s OK. Maybe that’s why you like us so much,” Mr. Trump said at the home of William F. Hagerty, the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Moving forward, he said, trade will be “a little bit more fair, I think.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to charm Mr. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during the three-day state visit, hoping the pomp and circumstance of a new emperor, a sumo-wrestling showcase and a round of golf keeps the threat of U.S. tariffs out the headlines.

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