Mulligan! Japanese PM Falls Into Sand Trap On Golf Outing With Trump [Video]

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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President Donald Trump managed to make it through his trip to Japan without any mishaps or missteps, but the same reportedly cannot be said for his Japanese counterpart.

On a golf outing at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tumbled into a sand trap, according to Japanese media reports and the Washington Post. Fortunately for the Japanese dignitary, Trump didn’t appear to notice the incident.


After hitting a ball out of the trap, Abe attempted to climb out of the bunker, but he failed miserably. Tumbling off backwards, the Japanese prime minister engaged in some unplanned gymnastics. Trump, however, was already wandering off and didn’t seem to see the spill.

A slightly sand-covered Abe then reportedly rushed back to join the American president.

While this video has been circulating, there are questions as to whether the individual who fell was the Japanese leader. In some photos, Abe can be seen wearing a blue shirt, although it is suspected that he changed shirts or put on a jacket.

Golf has played a prominent role in interactions between Abe and Trump, who appear to have developed a very friendly relationship. Abe presented Trump with a golden golf club when he visited the president at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year. He reportedly practiced prior to Trump’s trip to Japan, although the score of the game with Trump was kept a secret. It is unclear, though, whether Abe’s golf diplomacy was effective, given the limited opportunities for conversation on the course.

Nonetheless, bilateral ties, excluding a minor misunderstanding over arms sales, seem to be on a positive trajectory.

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