Japan-related news…

18 Feb

Did you hear these news stories? What do you think?

  • Hillary Clinton, the current U.S. Secretary Of State is currently in Tokyo on her first official overseas trip for her new position.
    It’s the first time a U.S. Secretary Of State begin a overseas tour in Asia.
  • Japanese baseball players Ichiro, Daisuke Matsuzaka and other Japanese baseball players are back in Japan from America to play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.
    The Japan team will play China in the first game of the tournament on March 5 at the Tokyo Dome. The final game is scheduled for March 23 in Los Angeles, USA.
  • The Japanese Finance Minister, Shoichi Nakagawa, gave a press conference last weekend at a G-7 meeting in Rome, Italy last weekend…while he was drunk!
    He resigned his position today.
    Here’s a video of his embarrassing act:

    (Not that it excuses his behavior. But it seems that Nakagawa-san wasn’t the first politician to give a drunken speech at a G-7 conference…politicians from other countries have done the same. Kinda makes me wonder how productive G-7 meetings are!)

8 Responses to “Japan-related news…”

  1. tokyo5 February 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm #


    I thought that every (if not, most) U.S. presidents made Canada their first official foreign country visit.


  2. bartman905 February 20, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    President Obama’s first visit outside the US is in Canada where he met Stephen Harper, the current PM. They met in Ottawa yesterday.


  3. tokyo5 February 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    I just noticed that the YouTube clip I put in this post has been taken offline.

    (The YouTube clip in my “Detroit metal City” post has, as well. (That post is here:
    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/08/22/detroit-metal-city/ )).

    The only YouTube videos that are not in danger from suddenly being taken offline are the ones I took myself…luckily most of the YouTube clips on my blog are ones that I took. If you wanna see my YouTube videos, all posts that have at least one video can be found by choosing “My YouTube Videos” in the “CATEGORIES” menu to the right.
    (Or click here: https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/category/my-youtube-videos/ ).


  4. tokyo5 February 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    For the first time ever, the American Secretary Of State visited Asia on her first overseas trip…and the American president invited an Asian leader as the first official overseas guest to the White House.

    And…not only were they Asia in both cases…they’re both Tokyo.

    Hillary Clinton’s first overseas visit was to Tokyo (as I mentioned above)…and U.S. President Obama’s first invitation to a foreign leader was to Japan’s Prime Minister (Aso Taro).

    The current U.S. administration seems to value a relationship with Tokyo highly.


  5. tokyo5 February 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Sir Pent…

    Yeah, it’s a cultural difference between America and Japan.

    When it’s obvious that they’re not wanted at a job anymore…a Japanese will bow out, but an American would have to be forced out.


  6. Sir Pent February 19, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Ya know what…at least he had enough respect for the office and the people he represents to resign.

    I live in Illinois. We have had a SLEW of politicians the last decade here that did a LOT worse than be publicly drunk, and it took legal action to get them out of office.


  7. tokyo5 February 19, 2009 at 12:43 am #


    Yes, that’s true. I didn’t think about that.


  8. Eric February 18, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    The people who let him get up on stage drunk are equally to blame.


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