- butter up ～
- ～をおだてる（後出 flattery はお世辞、favor は引き立て）
- state visit
- 国賓としての訪問（後出 guest of honor はここでは国賓）
- Japan Sumo Association
- put in place
- 天皇（後出 Imperial Palace は皇居）
- succeed ～
- for all ～
- 関税（後出 impose a levy は関税を課す）
- on ... grounds
It was a day of sumo-sized diplomacy.
Plenty of world leaders have tried to butter up U.S. President Donald Trump with flattery and favors. Japan's Abe Shinzo on May 26 raised the standard for all of them during Trump's four-day state visit in Japan.
First Abe treated his friend to a round of golf. Then the prime minister allowed Trump to take center stage at a sumo wrestling match at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.
When it was over, Trump did what no other world leader has done. Climbing into the elevated dirt ring, or "dohyo," in ceremonial slippers because shoes are banned on the ring, Trump presented a huge 30-kilogram trophy to the tournament champion — a cup that Trump said he hoped would be used for "many hundreds of years."
"I hereby award you the United States President's Cup," Trump told Asanoyama, the sumo champion, as he read from a scroll. Asanoyama became the first rank-and-file wrestler in 58 years to win a tournament before reaching one of the three "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna.
Loud applause greeted Trump as he entered the arena and took his seat a few rows behind the ring, in a break from the custom of sitting cross-legged on cushions.
The Japan Sumo Association put in place special safety precautions because of Trump's presence, including selling fewer same-day tickets and banning the tradition of spectators tossing of seat cushions following an upset or an exciting bout.
Another honor awaited Trump on May 27 when he became, at Abe's invitation, the first head of state to meet Japan's new Emperor, Naruhito, who succeeded his father on May 1. Trump was also the guest of honor at a banquet hosted by the Emperor at the Imperial Palace.
For all of the over-the-top camaraderie of the day, the two countries have serious differences to work through.
Trump has threatened Japan with tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts on national security grounds. He has suggested he will impose the levies if the U.S. can't win concessions from Japan and the European Union.
Trump tweeted that "Much will wait until after their July elections where I anticipate big numbers!" (AP)
[本文 - 361 words]