Abe hopes to tee up Trump on golf course

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Washington on Thursday hoping promises to help create U.S.jobs and bolster Japan's military will persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to turn down the heat on trade and currency and stand by the decades-old alliance.

It will be fascinating to see how golf comes to define his presidency.

The Financial Times (FT) on Thursday (July 7) said in an article titled "Abe is investing in companies to woo Trump", the Japanese government has given detailed information And the U.S. is pushing to submit an investment plan.

All this should make for interesting conversation on the golf course this weekend when Abe and the President share a round near Trump's Mar-A-Largo "Winter White House". "It took a lot of effort (on the Japanese government's side) to get the extra 15 minutes for the meeting", Suga added, and praised Trump's hospitality over the scheduled summit.

"That's the one thing about golf - you get to know somebody better on a golf course than you will over lunch".

When they met in November past year before Trump took office, Abe gave him a golf driver made by a Japanese company.

Even some lawmakers among the ruling parties have voiced concern that Abe is too inclined to build an amicable relationship with Trump.

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Abe is reported to be coming to woo the President, apparently saying he will create 700,000 USA jobs through Japanese investment American infrastructure.

In addition, there are expectations that if Abe deepens a personal relationship with Trump, it will lower the risks of Japan being targeted over economic issues, such as being pressured to reduce the USA trade deficit with Japan and being criticized over the weak yen, a government source said. "If the United States grows, without a doubt that benefits Japan".

China's state media is saying that Trump's order temporarily banning visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries shows that his administration does not understand its counterterrorism duties.

After abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between 12 Pacific Rim countries including the US and Japan, it's possible Trump will attempt to establish a two-way trade deal with Japan. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are smarting from phone calls with Trump.

Japan's trade surplus with the US fell 4.6 percent in 2016, to about $60.2 billion.

As the meeting with Trump approaches, it is the unpredictability of America's new leader that worries government officials and analysts the most.

As the Japanese official put it, "We have no choice but to ride with the United States, whoever the president is". "And we're not sure whether Mr. Abe is prepared for that".

  • Toni Ryan