Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Florida on April 18. (Takeshi Iwashita)

Japanese officials have asked their U.S. counterparts to arrange a stop in Japan by U.S. President Donald Trump after his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said May 14 that he wants to hear directly from Trump about what transpired during the first U.S.-North Korea summit.

“We want to coordinate with the United States to determine how that would be done,” Abe said at a Lower House Budget Committee session.

A visit by Trump would also allow Japan to display the close alliance it has with the United States.

A high-ranking administration official knowledgeable about relations with Washington said, “The desire of the Japanese government to have Trump visit Japan after his summit with Kim Jong Un has already been passed on to the U.S. side.”

Japanese and U.S. officials are already coordinating a possible meeting between Abe and Trump on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit, which will be held in Quebec, Canada, on June 8-9.

In that meeting, Abe is expected to reiterate the Japanese position of having North Korea dismantle its nuclear weapons in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

Abe also plans to ask Trump for help, during his meeting with Kim, in resolving the issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang decades ago.

Japanese officials want to display the strong bonds with the United States through repeated meetings between Abe and Trump.

They also want a firmer grasp on where Kim stands on the abduction issue before making any move toward holding a summit between Abe and the North Korean leader.

At the same time, the officials realize it may be impossible to change the U.S. president’s schedule on such short notice.

If Trump is unable to visit Japan, there is a possibility that either U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, could stop in Tokyo for a meeting with Abe.

Both men are expected to accompany Trump during his meeting with Kim.