Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from left, appears in a comedy show at the Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater with the Yoshimoto Shinkigeki modern comic troupe in Osaka on April 20. (Sayuri Ide)

OSAKA--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flexed his diplomatic and acting chops on a visit here on April 20, inspecting the venue for the upcoming G-20 summit in June and appearing on stage in a comedy show.

Abe, accompanied by Foreign Ministry officials, visited Osaka Geihinkan (Guest House), which sits in Nishinomaru Garden in Osaka Castle Park. The government is considering having the leaders of the 19 nations and European Union pose for photos at the building site, with the castle’s tower in the background.

The prime minister also visited Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater in the city’s Namba district to make a surprise appearance in a comedy show with the Yoshimoto Shinkigeki modern comic troupe. It marked the first time that a sitting prime minister has appeared on stage with the troupe in its 60-year history.

Abe played the part of a man well-versed in economic issues. After saying Osaka will host an important international gathering, he stressed the need to find solutions to the world’s trade tiffs and global warming, which are expected to be among the topics at the G-20 summit in Osaka on June 28-29.

Abe also urged audience members to cooperate with traffic controls to be imposed during the summit.