Previewing the President’s Trip to Asia, Spring 2014
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication and Speechwriting, Ben Rhodes previews the President’s trip to Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The president kicked off his trip on an informal note, joining JapanesePrime Minister Shinzo Abe at a famous Tokyo sushi restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag of $300 for 20 pieces of Sushi. Obama and Abe greeted each other warmly outsideSukiyabashi Jiro, the underground sushi restaurant run by 88-year-oldJiro Ono.
The outing was unusually casual by Japanese standards and underscored the effort by both countries to strengthen the personal relationship between Obama and Abe
APRIL 24, 2014
In Tokyo, the President was received at the Imperial Palace by the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the first U.S. President in 18 years.
President Obama held a press conference with Prime Minister Abe,visited students and robots at Miraikan Science and Youth Expo, saw Meiji shrine and attended a State Dinner with the Emperor and Empress at the Imperial Palace.
–President Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
at the Imperial Palace_Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, President Barack Obama &
Cup Stand, lacquer, mother-of-pearl, wood_unknown Samurai Artist
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