There now follows an ever-so-tedious piece about US-Japan relations, so if you are looking for something a bit more interestinger, try here, where you can see Australians sneezing in slow motion. It's pretty cool, if a little snotty.
So anyway, Our Man found himself reading this New York Post article, America's New Japan Challenge, by some Bruce Murdoch money-taker who argues it's going to be tough for America to deal with the new guy in charge here (does Bruce know that Hatoyama, the new guy in charge here, means Pigeon Mountain? Once you know that, there really is nothing to be afraid of, now is there?) To summarise his masterwork:
See, apparently the DPJ has no plan, but it does have a plan (?) to move the country closer to China (?) This is bad for the US because they want a more independent Japan that follows America's will (?) by building up its military so that it can help America's National interest by ferrying more Americans to their deaths in Afghanistan and elsewhere. But the US is also worried about China, so having a loyal ally like Japan make better friends with China is v. bad (?)
Dunno 'bout you, but Our Man reckons America's Japan challenge is understanding what on earth Bruce is on about.
(You don't think Bruce really just wants to flog F-22 Budget Busters to the Japos do you? Nahhhh, couldn't be that.)