A grinning Ozawa Ichiro, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan's splinter party "The People's Livelihood Must Come First" Party (a.k.a. - the "Livelihood Party") paying a courtesy call on the offices of the leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party, shaking the hand of a grinning LDP president Tanigaki Sadakazu.
T - "Tanigaki of the LDP. You are the Anti-Christ."
O - "Thank you, thank you. You are the worst president the LDP has ever had."
T - "Your policy platform is pure pandering, without a hope of ever being implemented."
O - "Your party has no policies at all. You are mere hand puppets of the bureaucracy."
T - "When the election comes, your party will be annihilated."
O - "When the election comes, your party will be superseded by whatever that pipsqueak Hashimoto Toru cooks up."
T - "You call Hashimoto a pipsqueak now, but I know that once this meeting is over you will be on the phone, begging him to repudiate his praise of Prime Minister Noda."
O - "I am actually not here to see you. I came here to shake hands with Nobuteru and Tadamori, whom I know have an actual future in your party's leadership."
T - "I see you brought your nodding dashboard ornament Shozo with you. If he is such a committed policy wonk, where does he find the time to work on his suntan?"
O - "Don't diss him. He's got 5 elections to the Diet."
T - "I know. Second in your party to you in terms of Diet experience. Pathetic. You really have no friends, do you?"
O - "Permit me to shake hands with your colleagues."
T - "Be my guest, panda-hugger."
O- "Not the best of times to be using that epithet (E). Anyway, you're the one who refers to his own collected thoughts as "The Analects" (J) and whose grandfather was reassigned from his command in China because he was being too nice to the Chinese (J)."
T - "I look forward to our working together."
O - "Me too."
Photo courtesy: The Yomiuri Online
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