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Japan Learning from President Obama's Oratory

I purchased  the “Collection of Obama Speeches” yesterday. The CD has proven to be a hit in Japan but I am curious to see how Japan’s political circle responds/reacts to the inaugural speech and to the new face of America. I wonder if any Nakasone-ish type comments will hit the press? The Shukan Asahi reports… Keep Reading


Obama Inaugural Speech DVD a Hit in Japan

The Sankei Newspaper reports that “DVDs containing Barack Obama’s past speeches went on sale in Japan on January 21, the day he was sworn in as the President of the United States. A copy of the DVD titled “Barack Obama,” published by Pony Canyon, is now available at a bookstore for 3,150 yen (tax included).… Keep Reading


President Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech

    Embedded video from CNN Video      Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th US president. Here is his inauguration speech in full. My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.… Keep Reading


The alliance is dead, long live the alliance

This is a good read but I have a few differences of opinion. Nothing new, right? I always find something to disagree with. Anyway, I will save my banter for later and will only say that the “elites” of Japan need to learn how to multitask and focus on Japan’s security by supporting a structure… Keep Reading


Mainichi Shimbun answers questions on Obama's race

When I first read Yoshinori Nakai’s (Deputy Chief Editorial Writer, Mainichi Shimbun) article answering the question: “Is U.S. President-elect Barack Obama really black?” I thought: “Okay, this is really a dumb-ass question!” but then it dawned on me that some in America had/have/may have issues with Obama and his race: “Is he Black enough?”  “He’s not Black,… Keep Reading

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