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Japan's Hayashi plays 'Imagine' on piano at Liverpool G-7 dinner

Foreign Minister enjoys playing the guitar and keyboard in a band

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi is applauded by G7 foreign Ministers after playing 'Imagine' on a replica of John Lennon's piano during a visit to The Beatles Story Museum at the end of the first day of the G7 foreign ministers summit in Liverpool, Britain Dec. 11.   © Reuters

LIVERPOOL, England (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi gave an impromptu piano rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine" during Saturday's dinner party of the Group of Seven ministerial talks in Liverpool, England.

A pool photo taken at the "The Beatles Story" museum in the legendary rock band's hometown of Liverpool showed ministers from the G-7 nations and guest countries, including South Korea, smiling and clapping their hands while Hayashi sat in front of a white piano.

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