Trump unaware as someone falls in bunker during golf game
U.S. President Donald Trump, second from right, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama, third from right in blue, play golf at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, on Nov. 5, 2017. (Kyodo News via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:57AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 9, 2017 12:13PM EST
TOKYO -- Japan's prime minister said his round of golf with visiting U.S. President Donald Trump was a good chance to relax and discuss difficult issues.
It also was an opportunity to display some nimble gymnastics, according to Japan's TV Tokyo.
The television network flew a helicopter over the Kasumigaseki Country Club on Sunday to capture the highly anticipated informal game.
It broadcast a video showing a player identified as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe trying repeatedly to hit his ball out of a steep bunker. As he finally made the shot, Trump began walking away, and Abe ran up the side of the bunker to catch up.
But just as the golfer stepped onto the grass, he slipped, making a backward flip down into the sand. He quickly stood up and picked up his cap.
Trump apparently never noticed the flip as he walked away. An attendant raking the sand also continued his work.
Japanese widely shared the video on Twitter on Thursday. "Don't miss Abe's rolling-down-the-bunker video," many of the tweets said. Some called Abe's flip "cute."
Tabloid magazines raised questions over whether the two leaders really talked during the game. The popular Nikkan Gendai said they had little conversation, with Abe often falling behind Trump, who reportedly spent much of his time chatting with a third player, renowned Japanese pro Hideki Matsuyama.
After the golf, Abe told reporters that he and Trump had a deep discussion on serious issues, but added that their scores were secret. The two leaders also played golf when Abe visited Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in February.