From: Andrew BEATTY
Date: April 18, 2017 at 12:49:16 PM GMT+9
Subject: VPOTUS pool report 4 - Japan arrival
After a roughly two hour 15 minute flight -- offering magnificent Hokusai-style views of Mount Fuji's snow capped peak set against the surf and ink-black volcanic sands of the Pacific coast -- AF2 touched down at Atsugi Naval Base at 12:14 local time.
VPOTUS took a few minutes to get off the plane, leaving your poolers to enjoy the sunshine and salty sea breeze -- a very welcome change from the recycled air of planes, hotels and conference rooms of the last few days.
After VPOTUS emerged from the aircraft, he was greeted on the tarmac by, among others, the US embassy charge d'affaires Jason Hyland, state minister Kentaro Sonoura and USFJ Lieutenant General Jerry Martinez.
At 12:46 we are jumping in the motorcade and moving to VPOTUS' first event, the lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.