WASHINGTON – A shrine commemorating Emperor Meiji in Tokyo and the National Mosque in Malaysia is on the list of places U.S. President Barack Obama intends to visit during his upcoming trip to Asia, the White House said Friday.
Obama will arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday evening and have a private dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to Ben Rhodes, deputy U.S. national security adviser, who gave a detailed itinerary for the president’s upcoming tour of four Asian countries.
The Japanese and U.S. leaders will hold a summit and a joint news conference Thursday after Obama completes the arrival ceremony at the Imperial Palace in the morning, Rhodes said.
Obama, the first U.S. president to make a state visit to Japan since Bill Clinton in 1996, will also attend a series of other events at the palace, including a banquet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
On Thursday afternoon, Obama will attend a youth event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as Miraikan, and visit Meiji Shrine in downtown Tokyo, which was built in honor of Emperor Meiji following his death in 1912.
Former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush also visited the Shinto facility when they visited Japan.
After moving to South Korea on Friday, Obama will visit Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul and meet with President Park Geun-hye.
Obama will also meet business leaders and make remarks at the U.S. Army’s Yongsan Garrison, the headquarters of the U.S. military in South Korea, on Saturday before leaving for Kuala Lumpur.
Rhodes said Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Malaysia since Lyndon Johnson in 1966.
After attending a state dinner on Saturday evening, Obama will visit the National Mosque and hold summit talks with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on Sunday.
Later in the day, Obama will visit the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center and deliver a speech at a town hall meeting with young people at the University of Malaya.
On Monday, Obama will fly to the Philippines, the last destination on his trip, and hold a summit with President Benigno Aquino.
Before leaving for Washington on Tuesday, Obama will make remarks at an event in Manila to be attended by U.S. service members, Rhodes said.
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