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Trade top of Obama menu at sushi dinner, Japan PM moans

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) welcomes US President Barack Obama prior to their talks at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo on April 24, 2014US President Barack Obama was all about business even at a special sushi dinner in Tokyo, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wanted to use as a bonding opportunity, reports said Saturday. As a master sushi chef worked before them, Obama recited detailed figures to urge Abe to make concessions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a vast trade agreement that would cover about 40 percent of the global economy and a key plank in Washington’s bid for a renewed focus on Asia, according to local media. I want you with strong support to make compromises,” Obama told Abe, according to the Mainichi Shimbun and the Tokyo Shimbun. The revelation came as a report Thursday said, instead of making small talk and savouring 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.

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