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Abe to welcome Trump with a steak dinner and a round of golf

JIJI

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to roll out the red carpet for U.S. President Donald Trump, who will arrive in Japan on Sunday for a three-day visit. The hospitality will include beefsteak, a favorite of the U.S. leader, at a high-end Tokyo restaurant, sources said.

The two are also slated to play a round of golf, with Abe hoping to deepen his personal relationship with Trump, the sources said Thursday.

Trump and his wife, Melania, will arrive on Sunday morning. Japan is Trump’s first stop on a five-nation Asian tour, and it will be his first visit to the country since he took office in January.

Abe and his wife, Akie, and the Trumps will dine at the restaurant, chosen by the prime minister himself, on Sunday evening, according to the sources.

Earlier Sunday, professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama will join the leaders on the links. Abe and Trump also golfed together in Florida in February. The leaders, who played 27 holes in Florida, will only play nine this time — at least according to the plan. A Japanese government official suggested an extension was possible, noting that the Florida round had originally been set for just 18 holes.

On Monday morning, Trump will meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Later Monday, Trump and Abe will hold a summit followed by a joint news conference.

Also on Monday, Trump will hold talks with relatives of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea decades ago. He will leave Japan for South Korea on Tuesday.

The National Police Agency on Thursday said it will deploy up to 21,000 police officers for security during Trump’s visit amid heightened tensions over North Korea and increasing concerns about terrorism.