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Trump, left, gives Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fist bump while playing golf on Nov. 5. (Photo by the Cabinet Public Relations Office)

Japan's Abe rolls out red carpet for Trump

US president treated as state guest to underscore trust between allies

| Japan

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is lavishing U.S. President Donald Trump with a welcome reserved for formal state guests during his visit to Japan, looking to use hospitality to highlight close ties with its powerful ally.

Abe and his wife Akie on Sunday treated Trump and first lady Melania to a dinner featuring Ise lobster and wagyu beef at a high-end teppanyaki, or table grilling, restaurant in Tokyo's ritzy Ginza district. This was the first of four meals the leaders will eat together in just two days.

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