Updated May 26, 2019

U.S.-Japan trade talks: Trump signals deal after Japanese elections

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama — Pool/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo Sunday that the U.S. and Japan are making "great progress" in trade negotiations. But he played down expectations of striking a deal during his visit to the Asian country.

"Great progress being made in our Trade Negotiations with Japan. Agriculture and beef heavily in play. Much will wait until after their July elections where I anticipate big numbers!"
— President Trump

The big picture: There were rallies for and against Trump on the first day of his 4-day visit to Japan, during which the president, first lady Melania Trump, Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, joined about 11,500 people at a sumo wrestling championship in Tokyo.

A sumo battle during the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Trump with sumo wrestler Asanoyama in Tokyo. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
First lady Melania Trump at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum, with Abe's wife, Akie Abe, in Tokyo. Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images
Akie Abe and Melania Trump at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum. Photo: Pierre Emmanuel Deletree — Pool/Getty Images
Demonstrators protest Japan's monarchy and Trump in Tokyo. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images
Supporters near Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, where the sumo contest is held. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

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