"For our country the alliance with the United States is the cornerstone of the foreign policy and security guaranties. It has a crucial role in peace and stability in Asia-Pacific region. The government will strengthen the firm alliance of Japan and the United States based on trustworthy relationship," Suga said.
Tokyo has a long history of relations with Washington that goes back to the 18th century. The bilateral cooperation has intensified after World War II, as the two nations have established a high-profile cooperation in a wide range of spheres, including in security and economy.
On November 8, 2016, Trump won the US presidential election by gaining a major electoral lead over his rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s inauguration is held on Friday on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, DC.
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