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Abe and Trump shake hands in their meeting in New York in November 2016. (Courtesy of Cabinet Secretariat of Japan)
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Japan-US summit could be expanded to 2 days

Abe, Trump may try hand at golf diplomacy

TOKYO -- The planned February summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump may extend to a second day, when they could play a round of golf at Trump's estate in Florida.

The two leaders are set to meet in Washington on Feb. 10, and the Japanese and U.S. governments are arranging for them to continue talks Feb. 11 in Palm Beach.

Abe is eager to build rapport with the new U.S. president, and he was the first leader of a major country to meet with Trump after the November election. "I think the prime minister and Mr. Trump will get along," a source close to Abe said.

Trump is said to have proposed the outing when he and Abe spoke by phone Saturday. Abe hopes to strengthen their relationship by visiting the Florida estate, where Trump often vacations.

Both men are avid golf players. At their meeting in November, Abe gave Trump a golf club by a Japanese maker. Trump presented some golf wear in return.

(Nikkei)

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