Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So What Sort of Omiyage Did Aso Bring to DC?

As Prime Minister Taro Aso celebrates Mardi Gras with Barack Obama in the White House, the Mainichi reports that the Aso cabinet has an 11% approval rating back home.

Takehiko Kambayashi has a piece in the Washington Times today about Aso hiding in Obama's shadow in hopes of some sort of magical boost back home. Morita is quoted in the piece as saying the Japanese premier "probably spent hours mulling over what kind of souvenir he would bring to President Obama."

Whatever he brought, I hope it's returnable.