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Trump's back-to-back visits reflect Abe's diplomatic game plan

Prime minister seeks leverage in talks with Russia and North Korea

World leaders are envious of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump. Some are even seeking his advice on how to arrange golf meetings.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan in May and again in June, an unusual schedule reflecting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's eagerness to showcase a personal rapport with the American leader for diplomatic advantage with other countries.

Tokyo and Washington are negotiating a visit by Trump from May 26 through May 28. He will become the first state guest to be received by Crown Prince Naruhito after he takes the throne May 1. Trump will then return to Japan a month later -- from June 28 through June 29 for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka. 

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