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US President Donald Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace, Japanese state guest house in Tokyo. File photo/ Reuters
Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday the United States has confirmed its defense treaty with Japan after a report suggested US President Donald Trump considered withdrawing from the pact.
Bloomberg reported on Monday that Trump has recently spoken privately about withdrawing from the treaty as he is of the view that the pact treated the United States unfairly.
“The thing reported in the media you mentioned does not exist,” Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.
“We have received confirmation from the US president it is incompatible with the US government policy,” he added.
Security was tight, with fans forced to pass through metal detectors. The traditional throwing of cushions to mark an exciting round was prohibited.
US President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of the US-Japan security alliance, the linchpin of Tokyo’s security policies, ahead of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week.
Under a cloudless sky with sizzling temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), the two world leaders hit the fairway at the Mobara Country Club course in Chiba, just outside the capital.
Japanese and US officials hail as "unprecedented" the relationship between Trump and his "golf buddy", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the pair will again find time for a round to cement their diplomatic bromance.
Preliminary investigation revealed that fire was a result of a gas cylinder explosion in the restaurant.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Monday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
A source close to the investigation said the person killed in the early hours of Monday was a security guard and that the death did not appear to have been a terrorism act.
The dust storm formed in the Iraqi desert, and entered the State of Kuwait and northern Saudi Arabia.