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Sat, 04/13/2019 - 06:06
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Trump May Present Trophy at Tokyo Sumo Tournament

Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan and the United States are considering a plan for U.S. President Donald Trump to present a trophy to the winner of the summer grand sumo tournament in Tokyo in May, Japanese government sources said. Trump is scheduled to visit Japan as a state guest for three days starting on May 26, which coincides with the final day of the 15-day sumo tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. Under the plan, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would climb to the sumo ring together after watching matches. The U.S. president would then present the 40-kilogram prime minister's cup or another special trophy to the winner. A major challenge is how to guard Trump at the venue. The ring is surrounded by rows of seats, making security more difficult than in a location with no seats behind the stage. "It is very hard to guard. Some people may throw seat cushions," a Japanese government source said. While some within the Japanese government push to give Trump, known as a combat sports fan, a seat near the ring, others insist that he should use a VIP seat on the second floor for security reasons. During his visit to Japan, Trump is also slated to play golf with Abe. The U.S. president will become the first foreign leader to meet with the new Japanese Emperor. Crown Prince Naruhito is scheduled to ascend the throne on May 1. END