Photo/IllutrationA putter made by Yamada Putter Co. in Yamagata city (Takahiro Okubo)

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss North Korea's provocations and China's maritime advances, the first order of business is what gift Abe will give the president.

When Abe flew to New York in November 2016 to meet with Trump soon after he won the U.S. presidential election, he gave the avid golfer a golden driver made in Japan that cost 540,000 yen ($4,700).

A government official purchased the club from a retail outlet near Tokyo Station the day before Abe departed Japan.

In February 2013, a Foreign Ministry official placed a phone call with Yamada Putter Co., based in Yamagata city in northern Japan. The call was made four days before Abe was to meet with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.

The official said they wanted a gift for a tall left-handed golfer. And they needed the putter by the next day.

In the previous year, an Australian pro golfer posted a world record for the lowest 18-hole score of 55 using a Yamada putter.

Government officials found out that Obama wanted a similar putter.

However, the Yamada putter is made by hand and normally takes about three months to finish one. At the meeting between Abe and Obama, a temporary club was given to the U.S. president, with the genuine putter being delivered later.

"I was very happy to have the value of our putter appreciated," said Toru Yamada, who heads the company. "That has led to orders from the White House as well as Japanese Cabinet ministers."

According to Foreign Ministry officials, U.S. laws place a limit on how expensive a gift to the president can be. Normally, the gifts range in value from between 20,000 to 40,000 yen.

The search for a gift for Trump is likely being conducted in that price range.

"The diplomatic stage is full of fierce bargaining and machinations," said a high-ranking official in the prime minister's office. "Everything, including gifts, are a battle."