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Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:15 AM

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U.S. Barack Obama may have enthused publicly about the sushi he was served at an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, but he stopped eating half way through the meal, reports said Thursday.

Pictures showed the U.S. president being served sake by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the counter of the tiny Tokyo eatery, as part of a meal billed as a chance for bonding, at which neither wore a tie.

But a report Thursday said instead of making small talk and savoring Japanese delicacies at Sukiyabashi Jiro—dubbed the world’s best sushi restaurant and the subject of the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”—Obama jumped straight into discussions about trade.

The owner of a yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant that sits in the same basement as the exclusive diner told Tokyo Broadcasting System that Obama had put his chopsticks down at the halfway point.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/obama-ate-only-half-the-sushi-course-media

and: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001232570

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140424p2a00m0na003000c.html

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