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David Cameron came face-to-face with an old Japanese tradition today, completing a ceremony started by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1986. The 'Daruma Doll' is used to motivate people and help them complete goals.
When the goal is set, one eye is coloured in. When the goal is complete, the remaining eye is coloured in. Margaret Thatcher filled in the first eye during the official opening of Nissan's car plant in Tyne and Wear in 1986.
Today, David Cameron filled in the other eye to mark the production launch of Nissan's electric LEAF car.
A hugely significant day for Nissan on Wearside as the World's first mass-produced electric car rolls off the production line.
The Prime Minister said it was a great day for the whole country as he attended the production launch of car manufacturer Nissan's electric LEAF car in Sunderland.
David Cameron was speaking at the Sunderland factory, where he was given a tour and met members of staff.
He was also shown a LEAF that was cut in half, to see how it works inside, and got the chance to stick a Nissan badge onto the front of one of the cars fresh off the production line.
Mr Cameron also took part in a traditional Japanese ceremony, when he coloured in the eye of a Daruma doll.
The LEAF car, which is 100% electric, is now rolling off the production line in the record breaking Sunderland plant.
After speaking at the launch he was then taken to the factory canteen where he ate lunch with some of the employees.
The Prime Minister David Cameron is in Sunderland today to mark the launch of the new Nissan leaf at the North East plant.
The Prime Minister and Business Secretary will be on Wearside to see the first new model of the Nissan Leaf roll off the production line. David Cameron and Vince Cable will tour the factory in Sunderland.
A new model of the Nissan Leaf is going into production at the Wearside plant. The car manufacturer says the second generation Leaf, which is an electric vehicle, will have a longer range and the ability to be re-charged in half the time of the original model.