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Obama bungle produces 'worst U.S.-Japan summit in history'
American Thinker ^ | 11/22/09 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 11/22/2009 12:31:51 AM PST by American Dream 246

A magazine in Tokyo is reporting that President Obama's summit with Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama was a frosty disaster, precipitated by incompetence on both sides and an entirely avoidable diplomatic slight to the Japanese side by Obama. The visit was abruptly re-scheduled, seriously inconveniencing the Emperor of Japan, as well as the Prime Minister, whose intricate schedules require meticulous planning and coordination.

Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun cites an unnamed insider at the Foreign Ministry, who delivers a devastating account of not merely a failure to agree, but figurative slaps in the face of the rude president, delivered in retaliation. If true, President Obama has demonstrated high-handed arrogance once again, and antagonized a key ally, weakening a relationship of critical security and economic importance to the United States.

"To tell you the truth, it had to have been the worst US-Japan Summit Meeting in history," a source of ours at the Foreign Ministry revealed to us.

A summary translation of the Japanese-only publication appears on Free Republic, posted by someone with the screen name American in Tokyo. Shukan Bunshun is one of the most prominent magazines in Japan. Although Japanese weeklies tend to be gossipy and not always completely reliable, the corporate parent of Bunshun (as it is familiarly known), Bungeishunju, is a very prestigious publishing company with a track record of exposing serious political scandal. It awards Japan's most important literary honor, the Akutagawa Prize.

It may well be that the magazine's source had some scores to settle within the ministry, for the Japanese side is also criticized for not having its act together. But the late schedule change, forcing the Japanese side to adjust for Obama's convenience, is the sort of slight that tends to anger the Japanese. Here is the meat of Obama's bungle, as reported in the weekly:

The plan was for Obama to arrive in Japan on the November 12th, have his summit meeting with Hatoyama on the 13th, and thereby jet out of Japan the following day, the 14th to Singapore for the APEC Summit meeting. The U.S. journalist also revealed that the Obama administration made the sudden request to change this schedule for Obama to the 13th (arrival in Japan), on November 7th. Said the same U.S. journalist source, "their excuse for the delay was the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas on the U.S. Army base on November 5th. But the fact of the matter is, the memorial service was on the November 10th and only took a day trip for Obama whereupon he returned immediately to Washington, D.C. After that, he had the National Security Council meeting on policy in Afghanistan on November 11th. However, he could have departed Washington, D.C. right after that and could have still landed in Japan as everyone agreed and planned on, for the 12th."

--Additional screw-ups that created a possible conflict with the Emperor's schedule and the entire Cabinet celebrating his 20 years on the throne, can be traced to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. A ruling Democratic Party of Japan spokesperson said "at any rate, with four days in China for Obama, the fact is China is the big thing for them."

--Obama was made to wait five minutes in a car at the entrance way to the Prime Minister's Official Residence, which as seen as not only a diplomatic discourtesy, but a breach of security procedures, and furthermore it would be recalled the Prime Minister and his wife had kept Obama waiting for a long time in Pittsburg at the G-20 dinner as well, says foreign affairs specialist Oyama.

--It may have been felt as a diplomatic slight to get back at the Americans because of the very sudden, troublesome last minute schedule change.

The American media aren't reporting the story, and so far Bunshun is the only Japanese source reporting it, so far as I know.

Either President Obama wants to anger America's traditional allies, as he is doing with the British, or he is simply a self-involved fool who can't imagine others aren't thrilled with everything he does. Considering his botched bow, I am going with the second hypothesis, for the moment. The bow made him appear to be a sophomoric bumpkin.


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1 posted on 11/22/2009 12:31:53 AM PST by American Dream 246
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To: American Dream 246

what a zero.


2 posted on 11/22/2009 12:34:08 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: American Dream 246

But Obama knows how to bow really good.


3 posted on 11/22/2009 12:36:17 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: American Dream 246

SNAFU


4 posted on 11/22/2009 12:38:54 AM PST by YHAOS
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To: AmericanInTokyo
A summary translation of the Japanese-only publication appears on Free Republic, posted by someone with the screen name American in Tokyo

Hey, American in Tokyo, you are famous!

5 posted on 11/22/2009 12:41:22 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (a wild-eyed, exclusionist, birther religio-beast -- Daily Kos)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Ping.


6 posted on 11/22/2009 12:53:20 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: American Dream 246

Just goes to show that no matter how much you can polish a ball of dung, no matter how perfectly round and shiny it becomes there is always the undeniable aspect of truth about it.

Its still dung.


7 posted on 11/22/2009 12:59:07 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Would spring please arrive early, My new motorcycle awaits to run free and wild.)
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To: YHAOS

...FUBAR by a self-involved fool...


8 posted on 11/22/2009 1:03:38 AM PST by gargoyle (...I have not yet begun to fight" John Paul Jones...)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

It’s a long way from backwoods’ South Carolina. Thanks. Shucks.


9 posted on 11/22/2009 1:06:40 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (1945--Japanese SHOCKED at Emperor not bowed to; 2009--Americans SHOCKED at Emperor overbowed to)
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To: sushiman

Ping!


10 posted on 11/22/2009 1:09:35 AM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

You’re a celebrity!

Have you forwarded the translation to Drudge? The talk shows? Bloggers?


11 posted on 11/22/2009 1:11:45 AM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

High Fives to you this morning, Oh Famous One...... and Sunday morn greetings from the Palmetto State (Florence to be exact, just passin thru) mornin joe in a motel, and a post on FR, time to get back out on the Mickey Mouse Freeway...kudoes AIT...


12 posted on 11/22/2009 1:18:00 AM PST by OBXWanderer
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To: Landru

Another Obama *success* story.
-he is after all, trying to tear down this country.
making damn good progress too!


13 posted on 11/22/2009 1:22:56 AM PST by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

good job,
would you mind linking me to that?


14 posted on 11/22/2009 1:27:42 AM PST by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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To: FBD
LINK TO AMERICAN THINKER WHICH CITED AND TOOK FROM FREE REPUBLIC

Be my guest. There is no onlne link to the Japanese article of 11/26 issue of "Shukan Bunshun", because it is not online, but is in hard copy on the news racks in Japan right now. You can link either to the this original FR thread from yesterday or you can link to the Bungeishunju Publishing House website which puts out "Shukan Bunshun" magazine.

Kindly please link to the magazine if you would like (it is in Japanese) but in providing the summary English translation of what the entire article was comprised of, on your blog, please state something maybe like ("scoop on the Japanese article, as well as summarizing translation, was done by a poster on the popular conservative website Free Republic.com, known as "AmericanInTokyo").

Have at it.

Just in time for the Sunday Talk shows where the Administration will come on and try to spin that this junket out in Asia was somehow a success, when all the reports we are getting from local media here in Asia as well as individual reports from Freepers in Singapore, Japan, China and Korea, show quite a contrary picture.

15 posted on 11/22/2009 2:02:33 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (1945--Japanese SHOCKED at Emperor not bowed to; 2009--Americans SHOCKED at Emperor overbowed to)
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To: American Dream 246

Obama bows, several times a day, in order to gaze at his own navel.


16 posted on 11/22/2009 2:04:13 AM PST by syriacus (Libs hate Palin because she has decided to be cheerful, without getting their permission to do so.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Congrats on the mention, AmericanInTokyo.

Thanks for being our eyes and ears on the inside of Asia.

Keep up the good work.


17 posted on 11/22/2009 2:05:35 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: OBXWanderer

Good morning. Thanks for the good words. There is more stuff out there. Some of it much better than this one found yesterday. When we get it, it is going to get rocketed beyond the Conservative blogosphere and into international orbit! ;-)


18 posted on 11/22/2009 2:05:44 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (1945--Japanese SHOCKED at Emperor not bowed to; 2009--Americans SHOCKED at Emperor overbowed to)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Thanks. As you know I dig into stuff all over the world, not just Asia (Honduras, Hasan shooting, etc. etc.), but yes, Asia is indeed my backyard.


19 posted on 11/22/2009 2:07:37 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (1945--Japanese SHOCKED at Emperor not bowed to; 2009--Americans SHOCKED at Emperor overbowed to)
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To: American Dream 246

Obammie the Commie’s handlers know exactly what they are doing.

They are isolating America by trashing our most important allies.

After their plan of destroying the US economy is fulfilled, we will be so isolated and so desperate, Americans will demand we sign on to any global plan.


20 posted on 11/22/2009 2:10:08 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: oprahstheantichrist
Glenn Beck has it.

Have not done for Drudge yet.

Would like some good Saturday Freeper help on that regard, to hit all those conservative talk shows, FOX, Wall Street Journal, etc. To tell you the truth, it is about 7 p.m. here in downtown Tokyo, and I am BUSHED from all this searching and translating since early yesterday. Time to pass the torch for little while, FRiend.

21 posted on 11/22/2009 2:10:11 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (1945--Japanese SHOCKED at Emperor not bowed to; 2009--Americans SHOCKED at Emperor overbowed to)
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To: American Dream 246
Either President Obama wants to anger America's traditional allies, as he is doing with the British, or he is simply a self-involved fool who

Objection. False binary. ;)

22 posted on 11/22/2009 2:27:51 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: American Dream 246

hey i thought the bummer was supposed to be the un-ugly-american. wha hoppen?


23 posted on 11/22/2009 2:42:50 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

You are now on Obama’s LIST .


24 posted on 11/22/2009 2:43:50 AM PST by sushiman
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Good job,brother!


25 posted on 11/22/2009 2:45:52 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: sushiman

We all will be at some time. Better late than never. ;-)


26 posted on 11/22/2009 3:15:50 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (1945--Japanese SHOCKED at Emperor not bowed to; 2009--Americans SHOCKED at Emperor overbowed to)
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To: American Dream 246

And this fiasco cost the American taxpayer how much??


27 posted on 11/22/2009 3:24:55 AM PST by Humal
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To: American Dream 246
re: Obama was made to wait five minutes in a car at the entrance way to the Prime Minister's Official Residence

Well, after an insult like that I see no alternative but to bring back the atomic bomb. </sarcasm>

28 posted on 11/22/2009 3:34:47 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Congratulations from the Republic of Panama.

I can hardly wait to read the rest of the scandals.

.


29 posted on 11/22/2009 4:07:27 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: American Dream 246

Obama could screw up a two car funeral.


30 posted on 11/22/2009 4:29:54 AM PST by Venturer
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To: GOP Poet

Sad state of affairs that he is representing us.


31 posted on 11/22/2009 4:35:12 AM PST by cushman
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To: American Dream 246
The American media aren't reporting the story, and so far Bunshun is the only Japanese source reporting it, so far as I know.

Well, that's a switch. /sarc

32 posted on 11/22/2009 5:08:43 AM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd: ON)
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To: BP2

Yeah, in a really exaggerated and condescending manner.


33 posted on 11/22/2009 5:21:03 AM PST by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: American Dream 246

coulda been lots worse

ask Bush41


34 posted on 11/22/2009 5:22:19 AM PST by element92
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Nice work!


35 posted on 11/22/2009 5:27:49 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. V for victory)
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To: American Dream 246

SO is this part when Obama strengthens our reputation overseas? What a loser.


36 posted on 11/22/2009 5:41:23 AM PST by Snow Eagle (Pray for America - Psalm 109:8)
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To: Snow Eagle

I believe Nobama need to consult more with his crack team of foreign policy experts (the main one being Joe “lunch-bucket) Biden). I am sure with Joe’s wise council Nobama will continue to be effective and charm the world. What a bunch of putzes.


37 posted on 11/22/2009 5:47:24 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: AmericanInTokyo

thank you! bookmarking


38 posted on 11/22/2009 6:57:50 AM PST by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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To: American Dream 246

Obama bungle produces ‘worst U.S.-Japan summit in history’.Like that was a suprise the idiot can’t do anything right.


39 posted on 11/22/2009 7:20:12 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: AmericanInTokyo

AWESOME JOB AMERICAN!!!! :)


40 posted on 11/22/2009 8:59:58 AM PST by bronxville
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To: American Dream 246

So far the first nine plus months of the Obama admin has been an unmitigated disaster in every area. Obama is absolutely the most arrogant, disrespectufl, clueless prez ever. Jimmy Carter, you’re not the worst anymore.


41 posted on 11/22/2009 9:18:03 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: driftless2

Posted by: Serfdumb
Nov 21, 03:56 PM


My thesis - Noone is this stupid, his hate for america makes him do this crap, he’s a one man wrecking ball

A very incomplete history of Obama so called ‘screw ups’
1. Butchers own oath of office, waits to corrrect, or did he?
2. 1st broadcast - Aljezeera lite
3. Glad-hands Chavez, accepts anti-US book
4. Goes on worldwide apology tour, skips Normandy visit
5. Bows to Saudi King
6. Sends Bust of Churchill back to UK
7. Gives Russia a Red Reset Button reading ‘overcharge’ (see 11)
8. Gives UK’s Brown an unusable DVD player
9. Shows sole of shoes for photo-op of talking to Israel P.M.
10. Abruptly has Sotomayor wisked to private room for the swearing in to uphold constitution - in private
11. Rescinds Poland/Czech defense agreement On the Anniversary of Russian Invasion!
12. Backs dictator Zelaya on Honduras, ignoring Honduran Supreme ourt and their Constitution
13. Proposes that 9/11 becomes ‘National Service Day’
14. Decides commenting on Ft. Hood massacre should be the 3rd order of business
15. Tries the fat terrorist bastard ‘mastermind’ of 9/11,

I copied this from a poster comment on American Thinker.


42 posted on 11/22/2009 2:39:17 PM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

bookmark list


43 posted on 11/22/2009 3:59:11 PM PST by thouworm
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To: bronxville

Says police acted “stupidly” in the Gates-gate affair and generally smears Bush at every opportunity. I’m sure there are others, but what he’s done so far has been enough bonehead actions for ten presidents.


44 posted on 11/22/2009 5:54:00 PM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!

Kudos for all your off continent reporting for us!


45 posted on 11/23/2009 12:38:36 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: American Dream 246

Perhaps the only man who could make Jimmy Carter look competent.


46 posted on 11/23/2009 12:48:02 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: AmericanInTokyo

BUMP


47 posted on 11/23/2009 12:50:06 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: American Dream 246
So the bow wasn’t the only thing the baffoon in Chief messed up.
http://www.brayincandy.com/id190.html

Pray for AMerica’s Freedom

48 posted on 11/23/2009 12:55:32 PM PST by bray (Palin can see the White House from her Porch)
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To: bronxville
I'd add:

First president to skip the "Salute to Heroes" Medal of Honor recipients' ball at his inauguration.

-PJ

49 posted on 11/23/2009 1:08:27 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (Every child will be a natural born criminal until their parents add them to their health care plan.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Obama tones down National Day of Prayer observance

No white tent observance


50 posted on 11/23/2009 2:30:52 PM PST by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1. Afghanistan Updates Daily on My Profile)
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