US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Japan over trade and said he would push for a fairer economic relationship between the two countries.
Speaking to business leaders in Tokyo on Monday he said Japan “has been winning” on trade in recent decades.
He also called on Japan to build more cars in America, a claim at odds with industry data on manufacturing.
Mr Trump’s comments come at the start of a 12-day Asian tour expected to be dominated by North Korea and trade.
The US leader said his country had “suffered massive trade deficits at the hands of Japan for many, many years”.
“We want free and reciprocal trade but right now our trade with Japan is not free and it’s not reciprocal and I know it will be and we’ve started the process,” Mr Trump told the group of US and Japanese executives.
He praised Japan, which counts the US as its second largest trade partner after China, for buying American military hardware.
Mr Trump also said he wanted his country to be the most attractive place to hire and invest.
Japan had a $69bn (£52.8bn) trade surplus with the US in 2016, according to the US Treasury department.