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lower on the glitter factor was kind of nice. >> for whom was the state dinner held? emily: it was in honor of the prime minister of japan, mr. shinzo abe, and his wife. it was a celebration honoring the alliance between the u.s. and japan. that is what state dinners really are about. we get so caught up in the gowns, the guests, the place settings. celebrating the alliances between two nations through a very public and high profile demonstration. >> who in the hierarchy is responsible for hosting and planning them? emily: it's incredibly detailed and takes months.
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the office of the chief of protocol coordinates with the white house social secretary and the first lady lady is heavily involved in the process. this begins months in advance. this is not something you just with bob in a week or two. so many things go into this dinner and crafting the guest list, making sure the menu reflects not only what is available seasonally, lovely nods to both countries, guests are not allergic to something, taking into account preferences and allergies. anyone who has ever planned a wedding, imagine that with the way higher stakes and incredibly magnify that by about 1000. >> thank you and welcome to the white house. we will welcome prime minister and mrs. abe of japan which will mark the eighth official visit followed by a formal state
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dinner of the obama administration. the dinner will take lace in the east room and will be followed by musical performance here in the state dining room. the entertainment tomorrow evening is from the film adaptation of "jersey boys" including tony award winner originating the roll-on broadway who was also on the president's council on arts and humanities. the decor, the theme is "a long awaited spring." you can see the orchids cherry blossoms, and other flowers representing this long-awaited season. in the state darning room there
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will be curtains of crystals representing brain which one take long to think back to that if you are out this past weekend. it is a welcoming of not just our visitors but our visitors to spring and how much japan has brought us and how much we look forward to spring with the cherry blossoms. with that -- >> i will just be brief on some of the object those of the visit. some of you may have seen our preview the other day. first of all, this the first such visit from the japanese prime minister in nearly a decade with a full program including a state dinner. president obama was able to visit japan for a state visit
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last year. we believe that the u.s.-japan alliance is a cornerstone of our engaging with the asian-pacific region. the president has made a rebound of the asian-pacific region part of his policy. we want to make sure the u.s.-japan alliance is strong and will be a focus of the visit. the visit takes place at the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of world war ii and i think it is a testament to how far our two countries have come, the ability to reconcile, and also develop an appreciation for the wonders of this country and our shared democratic value. this will be over display the next few days. substantively, the leaders will focus on a number of important issues. defense and security cooperations with our alliance. right now, a meeting taken place between our foreign and defense ministers on how to up date our
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defense guidelines. we welcome japan's increased role in the alliance and really see this as a critical, if not extraordinary, movement with the moving forward of our security partnership. economically, the u.s. and japan are enormous trading partners and are currently negotiating the transpacific trading agreement along with other nations to have the ability to unlock even greater growth for both the u.s. and japan and other countries in the asian-pacific region that will be a focus. also, we will be looking across our whole heart and a ship. importantly, the first lady was able to visit japan recently and had a very good visit with mrs. abe where they discussed our shared commitment to the education of women and girls. things that the u.s. and japan can do together and also in support to foster and education.
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this is something the first lady will continue to work on with mrs. a. it will be a substantive visit from the prime minister and of course there are many other important elements we will hear from now that i think will resonate with the japanese american public as a testimony to how much we value this partnership. >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. jeremy spoke about awaiting spring. for the culinary side of the state dinner, we are celebrating spring. for the first course, we are doing a very classic american salad with a japanese twist and. this caesar salad has a cord of
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a japanese traditional way to wrapping gifts. between his team, we thought this would be a good new wants to combine forward cuisines. if you want to take a look, this is an absolutely gorgeous plate. we went to the garden at 8:00 a.m. grabbing all of the lettuce so we're using about two heads of lettuce that were planted by school children across the country. we are highlighting and accenting as well with local vegetables and kind of highlighting from california as well. we are also highlighting the oysters and some of the cheeses from vermont. there's a lot of things that we
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want to celebrate in spring. thank you. >> good morning, everyone. we have a silken custard cake and it is on the new president obama desert plate. there is a healthier version of a silken tofu and american cake american-style, and we have petite pillows here with the petit for platter with a sip of tea in a sugar blown teapot and surrounded with little cherry blossoms to celebrate cherry blossoms and the arrival of spring. petit fors and the accented
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teacup and we have strawberry macha dtea, sweet tea cups, tea and lemon tea cakes. thank you very much. have a great day. >> and now we have the white house event usher. >> doesn't seem fair have to, p a after the chefs. the traditional american wine has been a customary here for a time now but we have an unusual very personal accent. prime minister a toasted him with a sake. references to me in the prime minister's prefecture there are excellent sake breweries there. as a personal gift, he thought he would bring them in from one of the best breweries and we serve that is the toast this
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evening and that is a very personal and individualized touch. the sake's name comes from the fact that in brewing you take the rice and you refine the hull down to the center to bring out the starches, the fermentable part. an excellent sake would be 40% and this is 23%, 67% of the rice hulled off. it is gorgeous and we will be serving that at the toast this evening. the wine we has, the white is freeman winery out of sonoma. he met this very nice japanese lady from tokyo felon love, got married well she was doing her masters at stanford. they visited wineries a lot. they went overseas while he was working for a company and they wanted a purchase land in sonoma. they purchased in the sonoma
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coast area. akido was very fascinated in working with her winemaker taught herself to become a winemaker and the wine we are serving as hers. "cool breeze" signifying the cooler climate of the sonoma coast. it's a really nice chardonnay. the pinot noir and is delighted to go with the waygu beef, out of napa valley. it is a very succulent, rich pinot noir. and this is a slightly sparkling wine which will help with the intensity of the desert and sparkling our way into the entertainment this evening. thank you. >> finally discussing the new china. >> good morning, everyone.
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you are seeing here what will be unveiled for dinner, the first official use of the obama state china service ken's -- consisting of 11 pieces and the design element draws a modern aesthetic to a new china while continuing to draw on historic and traditional elements. we have the service plate at the center with the code of arms of the president of the united states on the first plate you will see on the east table, how the table is set. it will be on the last course, the desert plate on the far end. it is at the start and end of the dinner with the presidential symbols. in between, a new color presented for this particular service dubbed kailua blue for the waters off the president's
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home in hawaii. it is a modern, fresh color not previously seen on state china. mrs. obama's main goal was to create an modern service completely compatible and interchangeable usable with the historic china services. that appears on most of the pieces. one exception is this far plate linking the modern with the historic. this braised white on white decoration is in fact based on this pattern, in 1806 french dated china service purchased by james and dolly madison before he became president of the united states. it is a remarkably modern pattern for 200-some years ago, but it has been turned into this relief element also seen on this individual tureen that has never before been in a white house
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china service in consultation with the first lady's staff and the president's staff on what makes for good food service interesting entertaining. the small terrine could be used for soups desserts, any other dishes that the chefs get creative with to serve with a little panache for individual serving size. >> every administration has its own china service and this is the first time that the obamas publicly displayed the new obama state china service. it was made obviously in the u.s. and it incorporates a very simple design. the first lady designed -- explained it was done that way quite simply so that the white house could, in the future, mix that service in with the services originated by other administrations.
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it's a nice mix and match kind of set. they are very elegant even though they are described as simple. they are not something that i would eat a spaghetti dinner off on a tuesday night. it looks fancy to most of us. they did a preview of the china service at the white house on monday. i was there. i was so amazed they had all of us through a velvet rope and looking at the china. the cameras in the print reporters and then they took the ropes of way and we all sort of stampeded. i was very nervous that someone was going to knock over the china. it was on display. there were cameras, tripods, and i was just trying very hard not to knock something overt. i was very nervous. i did not want to be the first person to break the new obama china. >> walk us through the day.
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bachus to the evening. what happens? tell us about the program. -- walk us through the evening. emily: it begins with the arrival of the prime minister and there's a formal welcoming celebration on the north portico where you see the lovely white columns, these steps. the guests, in this case the prime minister and his wife, they ascend than they are welcome there by the president and first lady. everyone is gaping what the first lady will wear and thus the first chance to see the gallon. they will then go in the white house and the rest of the evening, we do see some of the guests that come in. they were in an area where many of the guests go by on the way to a cocktail hour held before the dinner. we did get to see some but not all of the guests. some stop to talk to us and
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some do not. the guest list for this state dinner was a little lower on the glam factor. there are many members of congress, cabinet secretaries, and senators present at the white house on tuesday. among the more notable imported guests, george takei. he practically owns facebook. he's hilarious. he's a big supporter of gay rights. when i had a chance to talk to him before the dinner i asked him about the days oral argument. he had not quite got up to speed on that yet. i asked if he would be live tweeting through the state dinner because he is so big on the social media. he said that he would not. huge or the line there that it was not polite. -- he drew the line there. that tells you the the corum
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involved. another guest more prominent with seattle seahawks quarterback russell wilson arriving with pop singer ciara. there was such joy, about this in the week leading up to the white house correspondents dinner. we heard the two of them were dating and that he was bringing her as his guest for the white house correspondent dinner. he brought his grandmother instead. seeing russell wilson and ciara on the red carpet was their big coming up to washington. i asked where his grandmother was. he said she was back in virginia.
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caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] ♪ the governor of hawaii and mrs. ige. >> we've been looking forward to it. this is my first state dinner. >> how are your chopstick skills? >> i'm really good at
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chopsticks. >> my go to a lot of foreign places, asia, china. >> is this your first state dinner? >> our seventh. so you are pros. >> being hosted here at the white house is an honor and a privilege. on the vice chair of the national governors association. that might be part of why i'm hero.
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i will be the chair at the end of july. >> how are your chopstick skills? [laughter] >> will you try or play it safe? >> i will give it a try to see if i can get my coordination going. >> i will feel really nostalgic probably around 11:00.
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>> walter mondale.
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>> i think i lost count. this is an important window. -- an important one though.
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>> we have been here before during the clinton administration. >> will you be tweeting through the dinner? >> after.
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not during. a stop the politest thing to do. -- it is not the politest. did you follow the supreme court arguments today? >> what happened? we could not keep up. is there anything that we should know? >> how are your chopstick skills. >> i grew up with them. >> i don't use them correctly. i don't usually have trouble getting food to my mouth. >> i don't use them correctly is our. i managed to use them though.
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the honorable ron wyden and mrs. wyden. >> it will be challenging in that department. i always play it safe. i will try to move between
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chopsticks and regular silverware. i've got a long way to go. the fact that we had such a strong vote in the senate finance community including the majority of finance democrats is great. thanks, everybody.
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>> she a junior at georgetown. >> i'm 21. >> have you been to the white house before? >> yes. >> i asked him last night. i said, i have this thing up the white house. >> and he just had a tux ready to go?
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>> are you studied up? >> i have an exam friday. >> thanks so much. ♪
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>> the dinner this time was held inside the white house and the east room. if there is a very large number of guests, there will be a 10 direct did on the lawn. i'm told it's not so much that the guest list dictates the venue, the other way around. the white house determines by consulting with a guest country what their preference is. do they want to eat in the white house or do a larger event. it seemed the prime minister and his wife preferred a smaller gathering inside the white house. you can all woes -- only set the maximum in the east room, 210
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guests. the toasts or another big heart of the evening, right before the dinner. this time, it was done with a lovely sake. lovely, i'm told. the president and prime minister gives a toast. it is lighthearted and sincere. the prime minister referred to house of cards as an import that he enjoys in his country and also made mention of the fact that president obama seems to enjoy sushi. it was a cultural exchange moment. people raise their glass and then they need. the food looked quite lovely. it was a menu put together by the white house chef. she had an assist for a celebrity chef. we mostly know him through his appearances on "iron chef."
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the president and the first lady have dined in his restaurant and so have the prime minister. his work was known to both of them. the menu is a reflection. it's very difficult. you have to take into account what produces available. you also want to highlight american ingredients. there also ingredients pulled from the white house garden that evening. someone went out and harvested inks from the white house garden that the first lady has been very proud of, using produce from the garden in the white house and then there is desert. it is really spectacular. it is not a slice of pie. they are quite elegant and everything is finished off by little petit fors and flavored
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tea pots. they are detailed than fine food that was served this time and in many other state dinners. this is the eighth state then are the obama administration has held, the least and administrations in modern history. the george w. bush administration i believe held about one dozen or so. the state dinner does feel a bit antiquated and it is something we will see less of. there is a sense that it is a bit outlived its usefulness as an everyday tool. other diplomatic tools have taken the place of things that used to be accomplished at a state dinner. there are other more casual varied ways to establish the
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diplomacy involved. that said, they are still important, but i think we will see fewer of them. there is also the appearance of them. there are very lavish affairs and there is concern among voters about the price tag. we don't know what the exact price tag is. it has been estimated that it could be half $1 million. i would say that's probably conservative. anyone who has planned a wedding knows how expensive these are in multiply that. there's a little bit of restraint on the part of the white house in using these very sparingly in knowing the black-tie tie and attainment people don't always connect with that. the white house social secretary has been the third social secretary of this administration. he is the first man to hold the job.
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is also the first openly gay man to hold the job and he's been essential to the function of this white house which does like to throw a lot of events. not necessarily big flashy ones but often schooled children and all sorts of groups coming to the white house. this first family has made that a big part of their agenda and really welcoming people into this white house. that has been a modern trend. george w. bush and laura burnishsh filter was important to bring people into what they called the people's house. he's been a key player in this administration. i asked if he was feeling nostalgic about this at all. he has so many details to think about that night and everything has to go off perfectly. you do not want a agaffe.
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he said, i will feel most lj got 11:00. then i hope he put his feet up and poured himself a joint because this is quite a thing to pull off. he will be replaced by his deputy. she is not this bold washington hand who often takes this kind of job. she's a philadelphia native and started out as an intern. she has been jeremy bernard step ready -- deputy. he thinks she is ready to take this kind of thing on. she probably will not have to pull off many of the state dinners. i cannot imagine there will be more than one or two by the end of this administration. ♪ i love you, baby and if it's quite all right
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i need you, baby through all the lonely nights i need, you baby trust in me when i say oh pretty bab don't bring me down, i pray now that i found you -- stay and let me love you baby let me love you you're just too good ♪ the evenings and attainment does not -- with dessert. the group then enjoys entertainment of some sort and it's often an american musical artist. this time it was the cast of "jersey boys." it was the cast of the movie version of the musical. they do 60's, retro music. i'm told the reason is that they are really big in japan. apparently the japanese loved
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"jersey boys." it's not necessarily an artist who has a tied to the guest nation a. last time for the french state dinner, mary j. blige performed. it's an american entertainer who the white house thinks is an example of american arts and someone who is loved by the american people. there was no dancing and that was another function of remaining inside the white house instead of having the space in a tent for a dance floor. there was no dancing which does not seem like it was one of the more wild state dinner -- if you could ever call one wild. and then the guest goes home. that is what a state dinner looks like. ♪ cherie cherie baby
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♪ [applause] >> is what's coming up on c-span. next, japanese prime minister shinzo abe's address to a joint meeting of congress then the swearing-in for new attorney general loretta lynch. later, a discussion on the lessons learned from the protests in baltimore. join us tomorrow when "washington journal" looks at a number of topics. nicole austin hillary will look at the crime bill and guantanamo bay detention facility. later, meredith mcgehee will join us talk about campaign finance issues in the 2016 election.
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tomorrow and every day starting at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. newsmakers our guest is taxes republican mac thornberry. he talks about a number of topics including authorization for the use of military force against isis. here's a preview. >> is not much support for what the president asked for. the next question is can there be support for another version of the and authorization to use military force against isis? -- version of another authorization? in addition, i think we have a moral obligation to the men and women we send out to have the full cloak of constitutional authority and moral backing of the country and supporting their missions. i think we have a responsibility to try. i had some conversations today
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about maybe next apps going forward and i want to try to contribute to that debate even though it does not technically come out of our committee. >> what are the next ups coming forward? >> to see if there is a version of the authorization of military force that could get the support of republicans and democrats enough to pass in the house and senate. there are a couple that have been introduced and there may be more discussions about that. i cannot tell you all the steps in the legislative process. it's my opinion we need to really try to do this for the reasons we've just been talking about. it's our job under the constitution. >> she embraced the role of first lady, were the finest fashions and hosted afternoon parties to help her husband's political agenda. during the war of 1812 when british troops invaded, she's credited of saving a portrait of
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george washington and other valuables. dolly madison sunday night on c-span's original series "first ladies -- influence and image." looking at their influence on the presidency from martha washington to michelle obama. sunday's on american history tv on c-span three. and also c-span's new book is now available, "first ladies, presidential historians on the lives of 45 iconic american women providing lively stories providing an illuminating, entertaining, inspiring read. it's available as a hardcover and e-book. >> more now with japanese prime minister shinzo abe as part of his trip to washington, he addressed a joint meeting of congress. his remarks run just over 50 minutes.
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>> mr. speaker, the prime minister of japan. [applause]
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the s >> i had the distinct honor of introducing to you abe prime minister of japan.
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prime minister abe: mr. speaker, mr. vice president distinguished members of the senate and the house, distinct guests, ladies and gentlemen, back in june, 1957 my grandfather standing right here as prime minister of japan began his address by saying and i quote it is because of
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our strong belief in democratic principles and ideas that japan associates herself with a free nation of the world. prime minister abe: 50 years has passed. today i'm honored to stand here as the first japan prime minister ever to address your joint session. i extend my gratitude to you for inviting me.
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i have lots of things to tell you, but i'm here with no ability nor the intention to filibuster. as i stand in front of you today, the names of your distinct colleagues that japan welcomes as your ambassador -- the honorable mike, walter mondale. tom foley and howard baker.
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on behalf of japanese people thank you so very, very much for sending us such shining champions of democracy. ambassador candy also embodied the tradition of american democracy. thank you. thank you for the ambassador. for what you have done for all of us.
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we all miss senator daniel inouye who symbolized the honor and achievements of japanese americans. ladies and gentlemen, my first encounter with america goes back to my days as a student when i went to california. a lady named kathleen let me in her house. she was a widow and always spoke of her late husband
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saying you know, he was much more handsome than jerry cooper. she meant it. she really did. in the gallery, you see my wife akie abe. i don't doubt what she says about me. simply out of this world.
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she was so kind as to let lots and lots of people stop by her house. they were so diverse. i was amazed and said to myself america is an awesome country. later, i took a job as a maker and i was given a chance to work in new york. here in the u.s. hierarchy was neither here nor there. people advanced based on merit. when you discuss things, you don't pay much attention to who is junior or senior. you just choose the best idea
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no matter what the idea was from. -- who the idea was from. this taught me so much. so much so after i got elected as a member of the house some of the old people in my party would say hey, you are so -- and so my family name it is not abe. some americans do call me that every now and then. but i don't take offense. that's because ladies and gentlemen, the japanese, ever since they started modernization, have seen the very foundation for democracy in that famous line in the
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gettysburg address, the son of a former carpenter can become the president. the fact that such a country existed woke up the japanese of the late 19th century to democracy. for japan our encounter with america was also our encounter with democracy. and that was more than 150 years ago giving us a mature history together. before coming over here, i was at the world war ii memorial.
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it was a place of peace and calm that struck me as a sanctuary. the air was filled with the sound of order in the point ains. in one corner stands the freedom wall. more than 4,000 gold stars shine on the wall. i was surprised to hear that each star represents the lives of fallen soldiers.
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i believe those gold stars are a proud symbol of the sacrifices in defending freedom. but in those gold stars we also find the pain, sorrow and -- of the americans who otherwise could have led happy lives.


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