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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe show off their signed caps at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, near Tokyo, on Nov. 5. (Pool/Reuters)

Abe, Trump make a show of close ties with golf diplomacy

Informal setting contrasts with the seriousness of North Korea and trade issues

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump hit the golf course on Sunday, underscoring their close personal ties on the first day of Trump's three-day visit to Japan.

After his arrival at the U.S. Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo in the morning, Trump headed to a country club in Kawagoe, near the Japanese capital, where Abe was waiting.

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