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Japan Expert To ABC: Obama’s Bow Was “Jarring And Inappropriate”

by @ Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Japan, Politics

Jake Tapper reports on a conversation with an expert on Japanese protocol who is generally a support of President Obama: “Obama’s handshake/forward lurch was so jarring and inappropriate it recalls Bush’s back-rub of Merkel. “Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, […]

White House Claims That Obama’s Bow To Akihito Was “Protocol,” But It’s Not

by @ Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Japan, Politics

The White House is saying that President Obama’s obsequious bow to the inhabitant of the Chrysanthemum Throne was just a matter of protocol: SINGAPORE – A senior administration official said President Barack Obama was simply observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo […]

Flashback: The New York Times Chides Bill Clinton On The Etiquette Of Bowing

by @ Saturday, November 14th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Japan, Politics

Obama Demeans America By Bowing To An Emperor

by @ Saturday, November 14th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Dumbasses, Foreign Affairs, Japan, Politics

Unlike conservatives, I was willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt when he appeared to give a deferential bow to the King of Saudi Arabia. Perhaps it was just a rookie mistake, or the result of some bad advice from the protocol office. But, this is starting to become a disturbing pattern: How […]

The Beginning Of The End Of The Dollar ?

by @ Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Filed under China, Economics, Europe, Foreign Affairs, France, Japan, Middle East, Russia

In a story that’s receiving headline treatment from Matt Drudge, Robert Fisk is reporting in The Independent that several oil producing states, along with China, Russia, and France are working on a plan to abandon the dollar: In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with […]

A Political Earthquake In Japan

by @ Sunday, August 30th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Japan

A political party that has only been in existence since 1998 has been swept into power in Tokyo: TOKYO, Aug. 30 — Breaking a half-century hammerlock of one-party rule in Japan, the opposition Democratic Party won a crushing election victory on Sunday with pledges to revive the country’s stalled economy and steer a foreign-policy course […]

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

by @ Friday, April 3rd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, China, Europe, Foreign Affairs, France, Japan, Politics, Russia, Saudi Arabia

Condemning Those Who Forget History

Financial analysts are starting to notice a disturbing correlation between the present economic crisis and the roots of the stagnation that gripped Japan for the better part of a decade starting in the 1990s. In today’s New York Times, for example, Martin Flacker notes a surprising similarity between what the Federal Reserve has been doing […]

Demography And Destiny

by @ Tuesday, May 6th, 2008. Filed under Japan

Yesterday was apparently Children’s Day in Japan, but, in reality, there aren’t that many children around to celebrate: TOKYO, May 5 — Japan celebrated a national holiday on Monday in honor of its children. But Children’s Day might just as easily have been a national day of mourning. For this is the land of disappearing […]

Is Japan Dying ? And What Does That Mean For America ?

by @ Monday, April 7th, 2008. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Japan, Politics

One blogger seems to think there is a lesson to be learned: Japan is doomed. It’s partly a problem that other developed countries are facing, but partly a consequence of decades of inflexibility, racism and formality. The agent of Japan’s death is simple: depopulation. The fertility rate in Japan is 1.29. That is 1.29 children […]

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