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Will Smith meets Japan's prime minister
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his countrymen could use a piece of advice from Will Smith's new movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," the story of a homeless man and his young son who make good. "I think we should treasure the idea of not giving up dreams," Abe said. Smith and Abe met at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Thursday. The 38-year-old actor is visiting Japan to promote the film, released by Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures. "The Pursuit of Happyness" is based on the rags-to-riches story of Chris Gardner, played by Smith, and his 5-year-old son, who find themselves homeless."We are aiming to create a society that is full of chances and allows people to take up a challenge again," Abe said. "The movie presents us an example of such society." Abe said he wants to see the film, which opens in Japan on Jan. 27. Smith's screen credits also include "Ali," "Independence Day" and the "Men in Black" films. His 7-year-old son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, plays the part of Gardner's son.
-- The Associated Press
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