President Obama launched his trip to Asia from Oso, Wash., where he visited the March 22 landslide victims’ families, friends, and rescue workers. From there, he began a week-long trip to four Asian countries.
First stop was Japan, where the president dined with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and met with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace. He visited Akasaka Palace, spoke to students at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, saw the Meiji Shrine, and greeted members of the U.S. Embassy.
On April 24, the president went to Korea, where he laid a wreath at the National War Memorial, visited Gyengbok Palace, met with President Park at the Blue House, and participated in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison.
From Korea, President Obama traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was ceremoniously received in Parliament Square.
He spoke at Istana Negara, greeted members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, met with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra, spoke at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center, and participated in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaya.
On April 28, the president traveled to Manila, Philippines, where he was received in a ceremony at Malacanang Palace. He met with President Benigno S. Aquino III, greeted members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, and had dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace. The next morning, he spoke at Fort Bonafacio, laid a wreath at the Manila American Cemetery, and then went home. (end)