Japan is preparing a red carpet treatment to welcome President Donald Trump in his first visit to the Asian giant in November as a head of state. Part of the preparations Japan is taking care of is the entertainment aspect to ensure it will also be a fun visit for the President of the powerful nation whom Japan regards as their closest ally.
Japan will roll out the country’s top golfer and the singer behind the sensational, viral hit “PPAP” to keep Trump entertained. The Japan Times reports that it is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal to keep an upbeat mood during Trump’s official visit.
World No. 4 golfer Hideki Matsuyama will play with Trump and Abe on a golf course near Tokyo. Popular singer Pikotaro whose hit song “PPAP” went viral, will attend a dinner party to be hosted by Abe, and will perform for the special guest.
Pikotaro is said to be the favorite of Trump’s grand daughter, Arabella, child of Ivanka. Arabella was seen in a video singing along to the hit song “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” which went viral in November of last year. The two leaders talked about the video when Abe went to visit Trump in New York also in November last year shortly after Trump’s victory in the polls.
Abe also visited the U.S. in February this year, where he played golf with Trump in Florida. Government sources in Japan say Abe is determined to sustain the good relationship he struck with Trump and maintain the close alliance between the two countries, that is why it is also important for the host country to ensure that Trump will also enjoy his visit.
Abe wants to keep ties warm and friendly with Trump as opposed to the business-like approach with Abe Obama stuck to during his term.
The President will visit Japan from November 5-7 to kick-off his five-nation first official visit to Asia. Trump will also be in the Philippines for the ASEAN summit. He will also visit South Korea and Vietnam.
Trump and Abe are scheduled to play with Matsuyama on Nov. 5 at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, the course scheduled to also host the golfing events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Singer Pikotaro will join a dinner party to be held the following day after the day’s meetings are completed to perform for Trump and entourage.