TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top-ranked sumo wrestler Hakuho, who has just obtained the Japanese citizenship, met by chance at a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo's Akasaka district on the evening of Sept. 3.
Abe offered a word of encouragement to the Mongolian-born grappler, telling him to keep doing his best, to which Hakuho responded, "I'll keep doing my best as a Japanese citizen."
Abe was dining at the restaurant with former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, and Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Hakuho, who was eating with a different group, is said to have approached the prime minister to greet him.
(Japanese original by Hironori Takechi, Political News Department)