Sunday, 27th April 2014
In General Japan News,
Obama waved off by Imperial couple
US president Barack Obama ended his widely publicised state visit to Japan this morning (April 25th) with a brief conversation with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko before his departure for South Korea.
Mr Obama received the visit at 9:30am local time at his Tokyo hotel, following a few days in the city that saw him eat sushi with the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
The two governments released a joint statement today after an unusual delay caused by continuing talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact.
While the Imperial couple have never commented on political issues, they were apparently pleased to hear that Mr Obama has received an incredible level of hospitality during his stay in the capital.
The Emperor also conversed with the US president during a state dinner at the Imperial Palace on Thursday (April 24th).
Written by Mark Smith