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Obama Eats "Best Sushi I've Ever Had" With Japanese Prime Minister

Although, Obama's true feelings might have gotten lost in translation.

Posted on April 24, 2014, at 1:24 a.m. ET

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took President Barack Obama to famed sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro for a private dinner on Wednesday night.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy also attended with National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Obama arrived at the restaurant just 90 minutes after landing in Japan for a three-day trip to discuss the country's territorial disputes with China.
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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy also attended with National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Obama arrived at the restaurant just 90 minutes after landing in Japan for a three-day trip to discuss the country's territorial disputes with China.

Police officers lined Tokyo's Ginza shopping district with barriers to control the hundreds of onlookers in front of the restaurant, hoping to get a peek at the leaders.

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Sukiyabashi Jiro, a tiny restaurant with a coveted three-Michelin-star rating, has only 10 seats and is run by its 89-year-old owner, Jiro.

The restaurant was the subject of the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which detailed the owner's quest to perfect the art of sushi.

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The restaurant has a minimum order of 30,000 yen ($300) for 20 pieces of sushi, which are selected by Jiro himself.

Despite its world-renowned sushi and fame, Sukiyabashi Jiro is located underground in a Tokyo subway station.

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Inside the restaurant, Abe poured sake for Obama at the sushi counter.

Japan's Cabinet PR Office / Via Twitter: @ObamaFoodorama

"President Obama told me that, 'I was born in Hawaii and ate a lot of sushi, but this was the best sushi I've ever had in my life,'" Abe told Japan's NHK network after the meal.

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"That's some good sushi right there," Obama told reporters after the 90-minute meal.

While Obama praised the sushi enthusiastically, some onlookers said he stopped eating halfway through the meal.The owner of another restaurant that is located in the same subway station told Tokyo Broadcasting System that Obama had put his chopsticks down midway into the dinner. He also said a sushi chef from Sukiyabashi Jiro said Obama did not make small talk, but was quite serious, jumping into a discussion on trade immediately.Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, refused Thursday to cite exactly how much Obama ate, saying instead: "It's true that he ate a good amount."
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While Obama praised the sushi enthusiastically, some onlookers said he stopped eating halfway through the meal.

The owner of another restaurant that is located in the same subway station told Tokyo Broadcasting System that Obama had put his chopsticks down midway into the dinner.

He also said a sushi chef from Sukiyabashi Jiro said Obama did not make small talk, but was quite serious, jumping into a discussion on trade immediately.

Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, refused Thursday to cite exactly how much Obama ate, saying instead: "It's true that he ate a good amount."

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