Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking a page from his grandfather’s playbook in using golf to form ties with an American leader.
In talks with Donald Trump in New York on Thursday, Abe presented the real estate mogul with a golf club (Japanese media said it was a driver). Trump gave Abe a golf shirt in return.
In 1957, then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi—Abe’s grandfather and political role model—played a round of golf with President Dwight D. Eisenhower on a course in Maryland outside of the U.S. capital. News reports described the game as a “triumph for diplomacy.”
The Japanese leader told reporters in New York that he had frank discussions in a “warm atmosphere” at Trump Tower. He said he explained his views on a range of issues, but declined to comment on the substance of the talks in a meeting that lasted about 90 minutes.