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Entire blocks of Japan’s famed Ginza shopping and entertainment district were closed off Wednesday night, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed President Barack Obama to what may be Tokyo’s most celebrated sushi restaurant, the Michelin three-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro.

Leaders of Japan, where proper etiquette is held in high regard, rarely sit down to such informal dinners with visiting leaders

Japanese officials said that the informal and intimate dinner was designed to promote a “frank exchange of ideas” between the two leaders, who have not developed a particularly close relationship since Mr. Abe took office in December 2012.

Obama sat down at the narrow wooden counter with Abe, who offered to pour drinks for the US president.



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The president arrived at the tiny restaurant just 90 minutes after landing in Tokyo.

The restaurant is usually booked up months in advance. It features a set menu of 20 pieces of gem-like sushi for 30,000 yen ($290), beer and sake not included.

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The two leaders spent a full hour and a half on their meal, sitting side-by-side at the sushi counter.

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After the 90-minute meal, Mr. Abe quoted the president as saying, “It’s the best sushi I’ve ever had.”

The prime minister, speaking outside the much-ballyhooed restaurant, said the successful sushi dinner vindicated his “cool Japan” policy of promoting Japanese cultural assets such as food.

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Mr. Abe seems to be stressing the importance of protecting Japanese rice as Japan hopes to protect its agricultural products with contentious trade talks .

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Police cordoned off Ginza’s main crossing near the restaurant, redirecting commuters, shoppers, diners and hostesses to underground passages.

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Above ground, hundreds of curious onlookers patiently stood by, many trying to get a glimpse of the presidential motorcade.

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