FW: FLOTUS Tokyo pool report #3

From: Fifield, Anna [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:15 AM
To: Adler, Caroline; Donohue, Kelsey; Rosholm, Joanna
Subject: FLOTUS Tokyo pool report #3

Michelle Obama arrived at the Kantei (the Japanese equivalent of the White House: the prime minister’s office and official residence) at about 3:20pm to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy was also present. Pool was in the room for the introductory remarks.

PM Abe cordially welcomed the First Lady and said “I understand you had lunch together with my wife Akie today. Actually I've never been to the restaurant with my wife,” he said, to much laughter.

(Akie Abe owns an izakaya – Japanese pub – called Uzu that serves organic food, including pesticide-free “Akie rice” that she grows in her husband’s electoral district.)

Mrs Obama said that the restaurant was very good. "You have to try it,” she said, suggesting that she would come back and they’d all go together. More laughter.

Moving onto the topic of girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative, Mrs Obama said: "We are just so grateful for your support and investment in girls' education."

Press was ushered out of the room, and that marked the end of your pooler’s duties.

Anna Fifield
Tokyo Bureau Chief,

The Washington Post
Phone: +81-80-4136-1403

Twitter: @annafifield

Skype: annafifield

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