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article imageVending machines in Tokyo shut down for President Obama's visit

By Mike White     Apr 23, 2014 in World
Tokyo - Just before the arrival of United States President Barack Obama, a number of ice cream and beverage vending machines were shut down in Tokyo. Reportedly, Japan is normally known as the kingdom of vending machines.
According to enrocketnews24.com, the subway at Shinjuku Station is the busiest transit hub in the world. Normally there are many places where people can buy a cone of ice cream, a cup of coffee or a bottle of tea. That was before they were shut down before the president's visit, however.
The article noted that the closing may have been a part of security measures taken before President Obama's visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The two are meeting to discuss stronger diplomatic ties between the United States and Japan. They will also discuss whether or not Japan will participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TFP). The meeting could lead to lower import taxes on American beef.
CNN reported the two world leaders met over what was described as "the world's best sushi" at Sukiyabashi Jiro, a top rated restaurant. Caroline Kennedy, the new United States Ambassador to Japan also attended.
President Obama would reportedly tried to reassure Japan territorial dispute with China, without angering China. This marked the first appearance by an American president in two decades.
The LA Times reported President Obama is in the midst of a week of diplomacy in Asia. A planned trip for that purpose was cancelled last fall because of the American government shutdown.
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