H. Clinton To Visit Japan on her first overseas trip.
By, Uwe Paschen
H. Clinton is to visit Japan for her first official overseas trip as US Secretary of State for the Obama administration, She will meet with Prime Minister Taro Aso. Wile here in Japan she will most likely talk economy and ask Japan to help yet again, however this time not to finance a War but rather to help the ailing US economy with more cash and as the Japanese Government expects, a plea to have Japans auto industry taking under its wings the ailing big 3 of the US.
Mind you, the German did try that with Chrysler and they ended up letting go of the incurable lead weight that started to drain way too much on Daimler-Benz. Toyota and Honda are not to keen on having to endure the same trauma with GM and Ford. Even though Honda is showing profits in spite of a global recession it would like to stay out of high risk ventures with ailing US auto makers, especially with out having full control over them and having to deal with US unions and CEO is not some thing Japans industry is looking forward to.
On another note, in light of what is happening in the Antarctic Ocean with the ongoing battle between Japanese Walers and the Sea Shepherd. Many expect H. Clinton to address Japans whaling research, as it is called officially. She will most likely do so for the sake of saving political image and appeasing crowds at home that do not like whales to be killed wile eating their pork shops or steaks from factory farms where the animals do not only get killed moreover, never enjoyed any sort of life or freedom nor humane treatment wile alive.
Japan will give Hilary Clinton the most courteous and polite of responses possible and smile for the press wile serving her a dish of whale sashimi with some of the best sake wine and followed by some sweet been pastry. Wile Bill Clinton, should he come along, will visit his former political alley and friend Jun'ichirō Koizumi.
Of Course the issue of the US military base in Japan will be raised as well, some Japanese citizens appreciate the mutual security treaty with the U.S. and the presence of the USFJ, but at the same time, a large number of the population demand a reduction and even a with draw of the US Forces. Many of the bases, such as Yokota Air Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Kadena Air Base, are located near residential districts, and the local citizens suffer from the aircraft noise and fell threaten by them. Further they have been several incidences of rape cases such as the Okinawa case and US military personnel misconduct that made the head lines in Japan.
Last but not least, Japan for it part will address the Kyoto Protocol, wish will most likely get a polite yet meaningless response from the US secretary of State. Leaving us all exactly where we started before the visit since nothing can realistically be done on any of those issues. For one the US is faced with an economic meltdown and Japan does not really want to get sucked into it any further even though it does not want to created any tensions either. As Prime Minister Aso stated he would like to be pro active and help the US. This however he cannot do since he is in no position to commit to any thing nor to promise any thing at all. Being faced with the reality of a minority government and an ever growing opposition from all political front he and his Government can not even pass a tax reform bill in parliament any longer even less make any promises. This visit is when it comes down to it a waste of money and the US as well as Japan know all to well that nothing other then empty words and promises can be expected.
The Press will have a couple of blanc spots to file and the Public at large will get some sugar coded words to hear making all happy and feel that all is fine and well. Elections will soon have to be called here in Japan and from the looks of it the 54 Year reign of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Jiyū Minshu-tō, or Jimin-tō 自民党 will end and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Minshutō 民主党 (social liberal-) will take over. Maybe that would be a better time to visit Japan for the secretary of State.
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