Photo/IllutrationJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to Kasumigaseki Country Club golf course in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, on Nov. 5. (Pool)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Donald Trump are both famously known to enjoy a round of golf, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to similarities between the two leaders.

Golf provides stress relief for Abe. He played it just once during his first administration, which was short-lived, starting in 2006 but ending abruptly in 2007. Later, he confided in aides that his neglecting to play golf had resulted in him being unable to shake off a lot of stress.

Trump uses golf as a business and diplomatic tool, according to the U.S. media. He hits the links with people he is interested in striking a deal with. After he played golf with Abe during the prime minister's visit to the United States in February, he tweeted that Japan had a wonderful leader.

Abe and Trump also enjoy sinking their teeth into a hunk of meat. Trump loves steaks and eats them well-done after splashing on some ketchup. Both devoured hamburgers for lunch together on Nov. 5 before playing golf at a course outside Tokyo and then for dinner they feasted on more red meat at a steak restaurant in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district.

As for support rates, the land lies a little differently.

Just 36 percent support Trump, while he is opposed by 60 percent of American voters, according to an opinion poll conducted by Reuters in late October. However, the Trump administration is helped by the lack of Democratic Party presidential contenders emerging as potential challengers. Trump's support rate tops 70 percent among supporters of the Republican Party.

The support rate and nonsupport rate of the Abe Cabinet were almost even in a public opinion poll conducted by The Asahi Shimbun in October. In the Oct. 22 Lower House election, his Liberal Democratic Party won big, being aided by a split in the main opposition Democratic Party.

Economic indexes are favorable in both the United States and Japan. The New York Stock Exchange is marking record highs almost daily mainly due to expectations regarding the Trump administration’s tax reform.

The favorable environment is also influencing stock prices in Japan. The Tokyo index is also boosted by the view that the Bank of Japan will maintain its large-scale monetary-easing policy to support the Abe administration’s “Abenomics” economic policies.

Abe and Trump are also similar in that they are facing scandals. Abe has been questioned by opposition parties about scandals involving two school operators, Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution.

In the United States, investigations into Russia’s suspected involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election continue.

(This article was written by Kotaro Ono and Shigeki Tosa.)