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Obama dreams of sushi on first night in Tokyo

Published on Apr 23, 2014 3:25 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will reportedly dine at a tiny Tokyo sushi restaurant on Wednesday - a place with three coveted Michelin stars but only a handful of seats - ruled with an iron rod by its redoubtable 88-year-old owner, Jiro.

The world's most powerful man, who will be dining with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be entirely at the mercy of Jiro Ono, whose exacting standards and tireless work ethic have made him legendary among global foodies.

The commander-in-chief of one of the planet's most fearsome armed forces, who sits at the helm of a multi-trillion dollar economy, will have no menu to choose from - even if he could read it - because Jiro selects the dishes he serves and will not take orders from his customers.

And for a man used to the finest presidential suites in the plushest global hotels, the setting may come as a bit of a surprise.

 
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