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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wearing "endek," a traditional Balinese woven fabric, arrives with his wife Akie for a dinner for leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali on Monday night.

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Top leader going casual when the country is facing unusual economy, social crisis due to Fukushima Nuclear Disaster (!)

I believe it's tradition for leaders to dress in the tradition of the host country.

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Nice blue! Almost seems like it glows.

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Very nice!

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They look very nice with Bali clothes. Hope they enjoyed dinners with leaders of other countries. Wish JT can snoop what kind of food were on menu.

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Please note that all leaders wore endek to the dinner. It is protocol for leaders to dress casually at APEC dinners.

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Suits them!

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I hope they got taxed hard for those outfits!

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Certainly looks better than Hatoyama's dressing!

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Alex, that's the price WE pay for love.

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The wife looks like she's headed for a gala. The man looks like he's going down the road to pick up some ciggies.

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Haha nice, suits him fairly well

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WE ? Whos love ? Her trip supposed to come from his direct pocket

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Is his wife a leader? Why are the tax payers supposed to pay for her trip ?

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The spin doctors are definitely bringing his wife out aren't they? Am I being a little but too cynical? No matter how they are spinning Abe (along with a compliant media that is showing that it has always been firmly in the LDP's corner) he is still what he has always been. He hasn't changed his spots at all since last time around, they've just decided that it is better not to talk about certain things. All this talk of Abenomics by the compliant media is facile and immature and building this man into something he isn't. Reaganomics (like it or not) was based on an fiscal ideology that made a real break with the past, Abenomics as far as I can see is just running printing presses. It is worrying that the media is going along with the political spin doctors and creating an image of this man that he really isn't. What are his real intentions for the future of Japan?

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I thought he is wearing the formal suit. All leaders may as well wear their traditional suits/clothes instead of host country's one.

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Top leader going casual when the country is facing unusual economy, social crisis due to Fukushima Nuclear Disaster (!)

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