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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Japan’s Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on February 17, 2009.

Japan’s Empress Michiko warmly greeted former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton upon the latter’s arrival at the Imperial Palace on February 17, 2009. Clinton is in Tokyo as part of her first foreign tour as Secretary of State under the Obama administration.

Empress Michiko had first met Clinton in 1994, while Bill Clinton was president, during a visit to the White House with Emperor Akihito. They met again when the Clintons visited Japan in 1996.

Clinton and the Empress had an hour-long tea at the imperial residence, before the former met students and had dinner with Prime Minister Taro Aso. Clinton will also visit Indonesia, South Korea and China as part of her tour.

via RoyalBlognl; Image: Newscom