By Geoff Earle, Deputy US Political Editor in Tokyo, Japan, and Nikki Schwab, Senior US Political Reporter for Dailymail.Com in Tokyo, Japan
President Joe Biden kicked off his first full day in Japan by meeting with Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace.
From there, he will hold his first in-person meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Akasaka Palace.
Biden’s first trip to Asia brings him face-to-face with three new leaders: South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Kishida and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
President Joe Biden (left) greets Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (right) for a meeting at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the first stop on Biden’s first full day in Japan.
President Joe Biden (left) poses for a photo with Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (right) outside the Imperial Palace on Monday morning in Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (center right) looks out over the site set up for Monday’s welcoming ceremony for President Joe Biden.
Security police are seen on the streets of Tokyo ahead of President Joe Biden’s Monday meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
President Joe Biden (right) hugs US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (left) on the runway at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday.
The US Ambassador to Japan, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right), stands with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (left) to welcome President Joe Biden to the country on Sunday night .
Kishida took office in October.
After their bilateral meeting, they will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon.
On Monday night they will have dinner together at the Kuchuon restaurant in Tokyo.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, with whom Biden spent the weekend, has only been in office for 13 days.
They held an event at a Samsung plant, held a bilateral meeting and press conference, then Yoon invited Biden to the National Museum of Korea for a state dinner, complete with Korean food. They spent part of Sunday together at Osan Air Base thanking US and Korean troops.
On Tuesday, Biden will meet with Albanians in Australia as part of the second in-person quadruple meeting, which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Albanese won Saturday’s Australian election over incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The White House confirmed Sunday that Albanese would fly to Tokyo for the Quad meeting as one of his first official duties.
First lady Jill Biden beat her husband to Asia, when she led a two-person US delegation to the Tokyo Olympics in July that was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
She also met Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace. The first lady also spent time at Akasaka Palace with Japan’s former leader, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and his wife Mariko.
While Biden will interact with new leaders, an old issue loomed over his time in Asia: missile threats and nuclear tests from North Korea.
First Lady Jill Biden (left) traveled to Tokyo last summer and met with Japanese Emperor Naruhito (right) at a welcome event for all heads of delegation for the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
First Lady Jill Biden waves to reporters as she arrived at the Imperial Palace last July for an event hosted by Japan’s Emperor Naruhito.