Japan Prime Minister Gifts Donald Trump With a $3,755 Golf Club That’s Made in China

During a recent meeting between the two heads of state, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave U.S. President-elect Donald Trump a beautiful golden golf club as a gift.

According to Golf Digest, the club is a “Honma Beres S-05 with 9.5 degrees of loft with a 5S Armrq Infinity stiff shaft,” which reportedly costs almost four grand.

“The driver, which sells for $3,755, comes in either a black- or gold-colored head,” wrote Golf Digest. “Fittingly, given Mr. Trump’s penchant for adorning rooms in gilded gold, the Prime Minister opted for the latter.”

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It is interesting to note, however, that while the token may have been made in Japan, it was produced by a Chinese company.

According to The Japan Times, the club was manufactured by Honma Golf Ltd., a company that, while formerly Japanese-owned, has been acquired by a Chinese company since 2010.

Japanese news site Sports Hochi (via Peoples Daily), for its part, commented that the gift had may have served as a great conversation piece as the scheduled 45-minute meeting lasted for about an hour and a half.

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University of Tokyo professor Tomoo Marukawa said that this fact may even give the present more significance.

He pointed out that, by presenting a gift that “represents globalization to a man who encourages protectionism,” the golden golf club might as well be viewed as a veiled warning from Japan.

Abe’s meeting with Trump last week, which was heavily criticized for the presence of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, was the president-elect’s first meeting with a head of state after his election to office.

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