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Bush Surprises Koizumi With Electric Scooter Gift


President Bush has surprised his close ally Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi by giving him an electric scooter called a Segway.

Mr. Bush rode the upright two-wheeled vehicle around the State Guest House compound in Kyoto, Japan, before handing it over to Mr. Koizumi and urging him to try it out.

The Japanese prime minister took a one-meter-long journey before saying, "Oh, very good," and stepping off.

The $4,000 scooter uses gyroscopes, computers and motors to travel up to 19 kilometers an hour. It can be tricky to ride - Mr. Bush was photographed falling off of a Segway in 2003.

Unfortunately for Mr. Koizumi, Japan has banned the scooters on public streets.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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