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Obama, Japan's Abe dine at venerable sushi restaurant

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined together in Tokyo on Wednesday (April 23), bumping elbows at the counter of a tiny basement sushi restaurant run by an octogenarian chef. Sources close to Abe told Japanese media the prime minister thought a meal at "Sukiyabashi Jiro," a venerable establishment in Tokyo's bustling Ginza shopping district, would be a good way to build trust. The venue, with just 10 seats but three Michelin stars, is considered one of the world's best sushi restaurants. Obama took a stool at the narrow wooden counter with Abe shortly after arriving in Japan on a state visit. The restaurant had its name burnished in a 2011 documentary, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi", which featured owner Jiro Ono, who still presses the sushi despite turning 86 on his last birthday. The restaurant is usually booked up months in advance. It features a set menu of 20 pieces of gem-like sushi

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