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Before stopping in Hawaii, Obama talks post-presidency at Tokyo conference

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laugh as they leave Kyubey, a Japanese sushi restaurant, after having a lunch at Ginza shopping district In Tokyo Sunday, March 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool) Former U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laugh as they leave Kyubey, a Japanese sushi restaurant, after having a lunch at Ginza shopping district In Tokyo Sunday, March 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool)
TOKYO, JAPAN (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Former President Barack Obama hopes to create “a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas,” or a new generation of young leaders he can shape in his mold.

Obama made the comment at a conference Sunday in Japan, discussing his post-presidency plans and the Obama Foundation’s efforts to help young people get connected on a digital platform to exchange information with each other.

"If I could do that effectively, then, you know, I would create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas, or, the next group of people who could take that baton in that relay race that is human progress," Obama said.

He also acknowledged the students behind the “March for Our Lives” rally on Saturday.

"Today there was a march in Washington with hundreds of thousands of people, and these rallies were duplicated all around the world, and this was all because of the courage and effort of a handful of 15- and 16-year-olds who took the responsibility that so often adults have failed to take in trying to find a solution to this problem," Obama said.

After attending the conference in Tokyo, he made a stop on Oahu on Sunday night.

Although it’s not exactly clear where he was staying or how long, the Vietnamese restaurant The Pig and the Lady posted a photo on its Instagram page late Sunday that showed Obama with staff at its spin-off eatery Piggy Smalls.  

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