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Trump watches 'incredible' sumo wrestling in Japan

Updated : 2019-05-28 09:38:01

US President Donald Trump, on a four-day visit to Japan, spent what he said was "an incredible evening" watching the Japanese national sport of sumo on Sunday, although the visit left some wrestling fans grumbling over tight security. Answering a request from Trump, who said last month that he'd always found the sport - where nearly naked wrestlers grapple on a raised sand ring - "fascinating," sumo officials prepared for the unprecedented visit as the climax to a day of bonding between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over hamburgers and golf. "I've always wanted to see sumo wrestling, so that was really great," Trump said at the start of a dinner with Abe, accompanied by his wife, Melania, and Abe's wife Akie, just after the match. "That was an incredible evening." About 1,000 of the 11,000 seats in the legendary Kokugikan sumo venue, including some of the most expensive, were reserved for Trump, Abe and their security teams.

US President Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
People take photos of US President Donald Trump during the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
People take photos of US President Donald Trump during the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
US President Donald Trump hands an American-made trophy to Summer Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
US President Donald Trump hands an American-made trophy to Summer Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
US President Donald Trump walks onto the raised ring for the award ceremony for Summer Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
US President Donald Trump walks onto the raised ring for the award ceremony for Summer Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump, with their wives Melania Trump and Akie Abe, watch sumo wrestlers compete in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump, with their wives Melania Trump and Akie Abe, watch sumo wrestlers compete in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents the Prime Minister’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents the Prime Minister’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump presents the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents the Prime Minister’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents the Prime Minister’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump prepares to present the President’s Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
People take pictures with The President’s Cup, which US President Donald Trump will present to the winner of a sumo wrestling tournament, is on display at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
People take pictures with The President’s Cup, which US President Donald Trump will present to the winner of a sumo wrestling tournament, is on display at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe watch the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The President's Cup trophy, which will be awarded at the Japan's Sumo championships attended by US President Donald Trump, is pictured at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
The President's Cup trophy, which will be awarded at the Japan's Sumo championships attended by US President Donald Trump, is pictured at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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