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Abe says meeting with Trump started with lighthearted 'PPAP' talk

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bought up the hugely popular "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)" song that went viral on YouTube at the start of his meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in November, he disclosed during a talk he gave on Dec. 20.

Abe said he told the president-elect that he had seen a video of Trump's granddaughter Arabella singing the "PPAP" song. "When I told him that I'd never seen such a cute version of PPAP, he was really happy," Abe said.

An official from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had advised Abe of the video ahead of his meeting with Trump.

"It was one of the most significant pieces of information that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided to date," Abe quipped during his talk on Dec. 20, drawing laughter from the audience.

The original "PPAP" video, which is approximately one minute long, features "Pikotaro," a character created and played by Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka. It consists of Pikotaro dancing to a catchy beat in a song featuring the words "pen," "apple," and "pineapple."

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