President Mauricio Macri landed in Tokyo today, the last stop on his 9-day Asian tour, after touching down earlier in the week in Dubai and China. During his visit to Japan, Macri will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito, among other activities. It’s the first official state visit from an Argentine head of state to Japan in almost 20 years.
The President is joined by First Lady Juliana Awada, their daughter Antonia and several cabinet members. The convoy was welcomed at Haneda airport by local Ministry of State Kentaro Sonoura, the Argentine Ambassador in Tokyo Alan Beraud and Japanese ambassador to Argentina, Noriteru Fukushima.
On Friday morning, Macri will have breakfast with Japanese businessmen at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel, where later, he’ll talk at the opening of the Japan-Argentina Economic Forum.
In the afternoon, he will meet with local Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They’re expected to sign various agreements and talk to the press before attending the reception hosted by Shinzo Abe and his wife to honor Macri and Awada, at Sori Daijin Kantei, the Prime Minister’s official residence, also known as Shusho Kantei.
Macri’s schedule also includes a visit to the Toyota Web Center where he will have a meeting with the company’s CEO, Akio Toyoda.
On Saturday, the whole convoy will visit the Meiji Shrine before the Presidential couple meet Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, at Kokyo, the Imperial Residence in Tokyo.
The Japanese Primer Minister Shinze Abe visited Argentina just last year, in November, marking the first state visit to Argentina in 57 years.