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November 14, 2009

Editor’s note: It would seem Obama has never met a monarch he did not pay deference to. He bowed before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in April.

Standing at over six foot in height, Barack Obama had to bow deeply as he paid his respects to the diminutive Japanese Emperor Akihito.

But the comical sight, which saw the President bend almost double, will no doubt earn him nods of approval in Japan, where a low bow is a sign of great respect and deference. 

Obama met the emperor and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace today, a stop on his nine-day Asian tour that will also see him take in Singapore and China. 

Bow down: President Barack Obama stoops low as he meets the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

The President, who is strengthening US ties with Asia, reminisced about a childhood visit to Japan and even discussed green tea ice cream during his time in the capital city.

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