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A personal touch: Japan's hospitality to U.S. leaders reflects ties

Kishida hopes to take Biden to Tokyo restaurant featuring a Japanese garden

TOKYO -- With U.S. President Joe Biden arriving in Japan on Sunday, observers are closely watching what kind of welcome mat Prime Minister Fumio Kishida rolls out, not just for the choice of dining venue but the gift that will be presented.

Past prime ministers have given a lot of thought into how to entertain the leader of Japan's sole ally. The selection of restaurant or activity -- be it sushi or golf -- helps to understand a prime minister and reflects on his relationship with the U.S. president.

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