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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.

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

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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.


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

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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."

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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