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Can Japan’s golden golf diplomacy win over Donald Trump?

Envall, H. D. P.

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When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited then US President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016, he presented Trump with a Honmas Beres S-05 golf driver embellished with gold and intended, apparently, ‘for players seeking a higher trajectory and slice correction.’ The clubs were well received (even if, as it turned out, they were made in China). So when the two leaders met again in February 2017, they played golf together and spent five hours discussing United States-Japan relations. Abe...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorEnvall, H. D. P.
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-21T04:27:10Z
dc.date.available2018-06-21T04:27:10Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/144542
dc.description.abstractWhen Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited then US President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016, he presented Trump with a Honmas Beres S-05 golf driver embellished with gold and intended, apparently, ‘for players seeking a higher trajectory and slice correction.’ The clubs were well received (even if, as it turned out, they were made in China). So when the two leaders met again in February 2017, they played golf together and spent five hours discussing United States-Japan relations. Abe has therefore received strong marks for his Trump diplomacy, with subsequent opinion polling suggesting that 70 per cent of Japanese were satisfied with the results of the Trump-Abe meeting. For Abe, such statecraft recreates the successful golf diplomacy pursued by his grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, as Japanese Prime Minister. Kishi golfed with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower during alliance negotiations in the 1950s. So does Abe’s golden golf gift represent a new diplomatic triumph for Japan? In answering this, it is important to ask two further questions. How do Trump’s foreign policies affect Japan’s interests? And what can Abe do through diplomacy to address these effects?
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dc.publisherANU College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofThe Trump Administration's First 100 Days: What Should Asia Do?
dc.rights© The Author(s)
dc.subjectJapan diplomacy
dc.subjectAbe Trump
dc.titleCan Japan’s golden golf diplomacy win over Donald Trump?
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.date.issued2017
local.publisher.urlhttp://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/trump-100-days
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationEnvall, H. D. P., The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage16
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage17
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CollectionsANU College of Asia & the Pacific

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