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Last month, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and his wife, First Lady Akie Abe, came to DC for a state visit with the Obamas.

While the President and Prime Minister were meeting, the First Lady spent time with the Prime Minister’s wife, First Lady Akie Abe, at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia. There, the two First Ladies spoke with a group of students who are learning Japanese and studying Japanese culture. Great Falls Elementary has a Japanese immersion program in which many students learn several of their subjects in Japanese.

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan greet students who lined the hallways at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015.

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan greet students who lined the hallways at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015.

My wish for all of you and for young people across America is that you have the chance to engage with kids from other parts of the world, that you learn about each other’s lives, that you understand one another’s hopes and dreams so that you can truly see for yourselves firsthand just how much we all have in common around the world.

—First Lady Michelle Obama at Great Falls Elementary School, on the Japan State Visit

First Lady Akie Abe also got to meet the First Dogs, Bo and Sunny, in a surprise visit!

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan are greeted by Bo and Sunny in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House, April 28, 2015.

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan are greeted by Bo and Sunny in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House, April 28, 2015.

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