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Obama is not the imperialist legacy type, I agree. But the way he dealt with Hatoyama does not appear policy-based; it seems to represent something personal (arrogance maybe). Also, he relies too much on Gates, from Afghanistan to DADT, Gtmo, etc. Gates seems one of those Americans who love tough talks.

You are absolutely right. It is the question of dignity. Quite a few mainstream Japanese individuals have a strong sense of dignity, only towards Chinese, and Koreans. To Americans, only the people of Okinawa have it. Let me give you an example. In 2003, I kept fighting rightwing Republicans over the Iraq war on Slate. When I talked about it with friends in the government, they were appalled, "How dare you say such a thing to Americans?!"

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Thu Jun 3rd, 2010 at 01:38:24 AM EST
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tuasfait: When I talked about it with friends in the government, they were appalled, "How dare you say such a thing to Americans?!"

Extraordinary.  Hasn't this class of people evolved at all in the last fifty years?  They need to start taking pointers from their Chinese counterparts.

If you can't pay the bills, it's not sustainable.

by marco on Thu Jun 3rd, 2010 at 01:44:49 AM EST
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Hasn't this class of people evolved at all in the last fifty years?

Yes, actually. They used to have some backbone 38 years ago. Otherwise, Okinawa would have never come back to us in 1972.

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Thu Jun 3rd, 2010 at 02:09:14 AM EST
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tuasfait: They used to have some backbone 38 years ago. Otherwise, Okinawa would have never come back to us in 1972.

Yes, but at the cost of betraying the Three Non-Nuclear Principles, as well as honesty with their own people.  I guess whatever backbone they had has continued to degenerate since then.

If you can't pay the bills, it's not sustainable.

by marco on Thu Jun 3rd, 2010 at 03:19:22 AM EST
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