Golf diplomacy: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented a $3,755 golf club to President Trump

Out on the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida just before President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe teed off, President Trump must have congratulated Shinzo Abe for being behind the LDP’s decision to continue Japan’s militarization. Different types of diplomacy apparently: Gun boat diplomacy and golf diplomacy. Discussing guns over golf between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe. Reporters were not allowed on the golf course. Don’t want any embarrassing swings getting reported on national television. Golf diplomacy apparently works. Shinzo Abe’s grandfather Nobusuke Kishi, a former prime minister, played golf with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower in June, 1957 on a visit to the United States.

Anticipating a future golf game together and the customary gift exchange that goes on, Japan’s Prime Minster Shinazo Abe back last year November, 2016 when he visited at the time President-elect Donald Trump, presented Trump with a “Honma Beres S-05 driver with 9.5 degrees of loft with a 5S Armrq Infinity stiff shaft.” That Honma Beres golf club cost $3,755. Was Donald Trump using the $3,755 golf club on the range yesterday? The golf between Trump and Abe confirms once again Japan cautiously distancing itself from the US to develop more of its ongoing militarization to protect itself from interlopers to its economic mercantilism.



Source: Sputnik

Japan to Play Larger Military Role in Alliance With US

February 10, 2017

Japan will assume a larger military role in the US-Japanese alliance, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a joint statement on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — “[T]he United States will strengthen its presence in the region, and Japan will assume larger roles and responsibilities in the alliance,” the statement said. “The United States and Japan will continue to implement and expand defense cooperation as laid out in the 2015 US-Japan defense guidelines.”

Abe and Trump also agreed in the statement that the US-Japan Security Treaty covered the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea islands, known in China as the Daioyu Islands.

“The two leaders affirmed that Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands. They oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,” the joint statement said.

The United States and Japan would deepen their cooperation to safeguard the peace and stability of the East China Sea, the statement added.

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