During his U.S. visit that kicks off this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to play a round of golf with President Donald Trump, a match-up he hopes will build closer personal ties.

Abe’s Washington tour this time around, scheduled for Feb. 9-13, is rather unusual, as three key ministers — Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and trade minister Hiroshige Seko — are accompanying the prime minister and will possibly meet up with their U.S. counterparts.

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