So much for fraternity, equality and the chocolate eclairs of world peace and global cooling uniting those good buddies Hatoyama (the "centre left" guy in Japan) and Obama (the "centre left" saviour of the world). Seems the US Defence Secretary's insistence that the DPJ honour all of the previous regime's Uncle Sam ass-kissing (BTW who thought that was a good idea sending in Gunboat Gates to a foreign country to berate the locals?) is causing more than a little friction (that's the view from Washington, but you have to sign up with an e-mail address) and the Japanese are taking it none-too kindly (Secret handshake to James at Japan Probe).
Whoa, whoa take a chill pill everyone! Here's some free Ourmanican advice for the bitching powers:
1. America - be nice to Japan. Who else would put up with being occupied by troops of another nation for 64 years (apart from the British)? At least let them think they have some say in their own country.
2. Japan - have you seen how many Hello Kitty Commies China's got? You may have forgotten the Rape of Nanking, but you can bet your last couple of pachinko balls they sure as hell haven't.
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