Under the threat of potentially devastating USA tariffs on autos, Japan was ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomed him on a state visit tailor-made to his whims and ego.
The White House is refusing to comply with the Democrats on most fronts. Mr Trump will be received by the Royal Family on arrival, participate in official talks with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, and celebrate the anniversary of D-Day.
A breakdown of estimated costs showed that Trump's two dozen trips to Florida have cost $81 million, 15 trips to New Jersey have cost $17 million, one LA trip cost $1 million, and his Scotland trip cost $3 million.
He says the US and Japan "are hard at work" negotiating a bilateral trade agreement, but is pointing to the gap.
Mr Abe and Mr Trump plan to play golf on Sunday, before Mr Abe gives Mr Trump the chance to present his President's Cup trophy to the victor of a sumo wrestling championship match.
Douglas Letter, general counsel for the House of Representatives, argued that it's about time the American people find out of its president or the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner are beholden to foreign interests and entities.
To be sure, Trump's ties with allies in the region have also hit rocky patches. He told the audience that the U.S.
The usual venue for the welcome at a state visit is the Horse Guards Parade venue in Whitehall, but sources say this was changed for security reasons.
US occupation officials drafted Japan's constitution after World War II to "renounce war" and forbid the maintenance of land, sea and air forces. Targeted US products include Harley-Davidson motorcycles, bourbon, peanuts, blue jeans, steel and aluminum.
Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday on a state visit as the guest of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is taking Trump to the sumo match on Sunday.
Later on, the monarch will "formally bid farewell" to Trump and his wife, and they will depart the United Kingdom that evening in private.
No immediate breakthrough in the trade arena is foreseen by analysts.
He added: "We hope to have several further announcements soon and some very big ones over the next few months".
There is anxiety among Japanese officials that Trump could lash out at his hosts and reinforce his tough stance on trade.
The relationship between the former war-time foes "has never been stronger, has never been more powerful, has never been closer", Trump said.
The 250-meter-long Izumo is categorized as a helicopter carrier but could be modified to launch the short take-off and landing version of the F-35B supersonic stealth fighter jet.
Toshihiro Nakayama, a professor at Keio University in Tokyo, said the Japanese were fully aware of the controversial nature of Trump, who is facing rising calls for impeachment from Democrats. "The impression the Abe government had was that the Obama administration was much more ambivalent about all this stuff".
Bolton said Trump and Abe would "talk about making sure the integrity of the Security Council resolutions are maintained".
He told a dinner with top Japanese executives from such companies as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Softbank and Rakuten in the audience that there has never been a better time to invest in the US.