U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel shared photos on social media Thursday showing him meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani in Tokyo.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Japan, the pictures were taken recently at the diplomatic mission while Ohtani was temporarily back in the country.

In one photo, he and Emanuel pose side by side while holding a Dodgers jersey with the American League MVP's name and No. 17.

Supplied photo shows U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (L) and Shohei Ohtani posing for a photo while holding a visa issued for Ohtani's dog in Tokyo on Jan. 11, 2024. (Kyodo)

In the other image, Emanuel and Ohtani hold a giant replica U.S. visa for the player's dog, Decoy, also known as Dekopin. The canine gained worldwide fame after appearing with Ohtani during a TV broadcast for his second unanimous AL MVP award in November.

"Thrilled to meet trailblazing two-time MLB MVP Ohtani-san again," Emanuel posted on social media site X, formerly Twitter. "Maybe next time I'll be fortunate enough to meet his MVPup, Decoy."

Ohtani is set to debut for the Dodgers after signing a record $700 million, 10-year deal with the National League club this offseason following six years with the AL's Los Angeles Angels.

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