National

Golfer Matsuyama and Pikotaro to entertain Trump during Japan visit

Kyodo

Japan will roll out its top golfer and the singer known for his viral hit “PPAP” to entertain U.S. President Donald Trump, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angles to maintain an upbeat mood during his official visit.

In addition to having world No. 4 golfer Hideki Matsuyama play with the two leaders on a golf course near Tokyo, singer Pikotaro, an apparent favorite of one of Trump’s grandchildren, will attend a dinner party to be hosted by Abe, government sources said.

A video showing Ivanka Trump’s daughter Arabella, singing along to “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” went viral in November last year.

Abe was holding talks with Trump in New York at the time and told him he enjoyed the video, the sources said.

Trump will visit Japan from Nov. 5 to 7 on the first leg of a five-nation tour that will constitute his first official trip to Asia.

Abe and his aides think it is important to entertain the president on his visit as they believe the two leaders struck up a good relationship when they played golf in Florida in February, the sources said, adding that former U.S. President Barack Obama stuck to a business-like approach in dealing with Abe.

The two leaders and Matsuyama are scheduled to play on Nov. 5 at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, the course scheduled to host the golfing events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Pikotaro will join a dinner party to be held the following day after the day’s meetings are completed.