Abe, Trump Enjoy Golf Together

Politics

Mobara, Chiba Pref., May 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Donald Trump played golf together on Sunday morning, sharing a round for the fifth time.

Japanese professional golfer Isao Aoki joined the two leaders, both golf lovers, in the round at a golf course in the city of Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Aoki was invited to a dinner party hosted by Abe and his wife, Akie, when Trump came to Japan the previous time, in November 2017, for his first visit to the Asian country since his inauguration in January that year.

As Trump has admired beautiful putts Aoki made during his tough battle with now-retired U.S. professional golfer Jack Nicklaus during the 1980 U.S. Open, the Japanese government invited Aoki to join the Japanese and U.S. leaders in Sunday's round. Aoki finished second, two shots behind Nicklaus, in the 1980 championship.

Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived in Japan on Saturday afternoon for a four-day visit as the first state guests to the country since the enthronement of new Japanese Emperor Naruhito on May 1 and the start of its new era, Reiwa, on the same day.

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