Japan and the United States: A Reversal of Roles Seven Years Later
WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Asō Tarō is showing the forceful self-assuredness of Japan's position at the emergency meeting of the heads of state (The Finance Summit) which opened on November 14th. It is not just because the financial system of Japan is being pushed back and forth less than others by the tsunami spreading out from the United States, the epicenter of the international financial crisis. For the Prime Minister, who has believed in and has never doubted the Japan that some have derided as "low-powered," it is possible that he is now on stage, after the passage of eight years, for "revenge" against the United States...
Well gosh, now that would be a really helpful attitude to have right now, would it not?
How serious are the editors of the Sankei Shimbun in channeling their revenge fantasies out of resentment for slights past?
Oh, gee, let us look at the Kyōdō Tsūshin photo they chose to accompany this article.
For the pharisees amongst us, this could be nothing more than a picture of Asō Tarō deplaning in an impractical, photogenic way...just like important folks do all the time.
Yet somehow, I think it is supposed evoke this photograph.
Let me be clear. I am in no way insinuating that the right wing in Japan has a corrosive, anachronistic obsession with the American Occupation.
I am stating outright that they do.
Later - Here is the on-line version of the article.