So, it appears Japan has "caved" to China by releasing the "fishing boat" captain and China has "won" the diplomatic "doo-dahh" over who gets to suck the last of the earth's resources from the sea and burn up so we can have more 3D TVs. Let Our Man just state for the "record" that he "hates" the "sodding" "overuse" of "sodding" quote marks. "OK???"
How does Our Man know Japan has dropped its only card to play and therefore the place is even more ungovernable than before? Because the Wall Street Journal has been looking through Twitter and found people who used words like "cave" and "China" and "DPJ sucks" and concluded that it must be true, although they wouldn't flat out say that because that would be unjournalistic. No, they just quote their unnamed buddies mouthing off.
Now, let's be clear. The WSJ is owned by the source of all evil in the world, Rupert Murdoch, the man who single-handedly got Ed Koch (that's "ch" as in "church", not "ck" as in "cock") elected as New York Mayor, thus heralding the end of consensus politics and the beginning of stand-on-your-own-two-knees free-market evangelism cancer that has spread the globe.
But Our Man digresses, as usual. He, of course, has no idea what the truth of the matter is with Greater Abiko. Could be, Our illustrious pencil-pushers caved. Could be they were told to cave by Our Overlords in Washington. Could be it's part of a larger deal to stop this spat before the iPad imports dry up. Whatever the reason, doubt the answer will be in the WSJ. Unless they find it by accident. But, hey, don't get their chairman on the news, he doesn't like folk asking difficult questions about his minions wiretapping public figures (also, marvel at how the "journalist" "caves" before his boss):