Daily Archives: November 13, 2009

By Mure Dickie, FT Japan bureau chief

After a wide-smiled summit encounter full of effusive expressions of bilateral affection, could we now be set for a “Bara-Yuki relationship” to rival the famous “Ron-Yasu” days of 1980s US-Japan diplomacy? 

Alan Beattie

By Alan Beattie, FT World Trade Editor

Hoping to deflect anger during Barack Obama’s tour of Asia, his people have been out peddling the familiar line that, in effect, protectionism is not protectionism. In other news: war is peace, cats reject “feline” tag and Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia. 

By Mure Dickie, FT Japan bureau chief

The run-up to Barack Obama’s first visit as president to Tokyo was overshadowed by the 20th anniversary of the Japanese emperor’s enthronement and the recent arrest of one of the nation’s most wanted men, but the trip should at least bring a welcome boost to his book sales.