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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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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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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.

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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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