Earthquake strikes Tokyo ahead of Trump’s visit to Japan


President Trump’s trip to Japan started with a bang – a magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered near the golf course where he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are set to play golf Sunday.

The temblor, which rattled Tokyo just hours before Trump’s arrival, briefly halted nearby bullet trains, but did not derail the leaders’ plans for their first meeting of the four-day visit, which will take place at the Mobara Country Club in Chiba.

Later, the leaders will attend a championship sumo wrestling match, where Trump will award the “President’s Cup” to the winner. The trophy is 5 feet tall and weighs between 60 and 70 pounds, the White House said.

Trump spoke to Japanese business leaders at a reception shortly after his arrival late Saturday, where he needled them about trade.

“I would say that Japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that’s OK,” Trump said. “Maybe that’s why you like us so much.”

He said the U.S. and Japan “are hard at work” negotiating a bilateral trade agreement more favorable to American business.