Trump to Watch Sumo Matches from Very Close to Ring

Politics

Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump will occupy a "masuseki" box area very close to the ring, instead of second-floor seats for distinguished guests, when he visits the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena in Tokyo to watch final-day matches of the ongoing summer grand sumo tournament on Sunday, it has been learned.

The seating arrangement was accepted by the U.S. side after it was proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sources said.

Abe hopes that having Trump, a combat sports aficionado, watch professional sumo up close will help the two leaders strengthen their bonds further, according to the sources.

Trump will visit Japan for four days from Saturday as the first state guest of the new Japanese era of Reiwa, which started on May 1.

On Sunday, Abe and Trump are slated to play a round of golf in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, before heading to Ryogoku Kokugikan to watch some final matches of the last day of the 15-day tournament with U.S. first lady Melania Trump.

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