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Late again, but Enda Kennichiwa successfully negotiates the rituals

Published 02/12/2013 | 02:30

Taoiseach is welcomed by Shigehiro Miyazaki, vice chief of priests, at the Meiji Shrine
Taoiseach is welcomed by Shigehiro Miyazaki, vice chief of priests, at the Meiji Shrine

The Taoiseach is renowned for his somewhat laissez-faire attitude to time-keeping, but this time it wasn't his fault that he was very late for his debut official trip to Japan.

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The KLM flight due to convey him from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to Tokyo had developed some class of trouble, and was delayed for a whopping five-and-a-half hours.

But Enda Kennichiwa was hell-bent on making it to his first engagement when he landed on Japanese soil: a visit to the Meiji Shrine in the heart of the vast capital city, to pay his respects.

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