Daily Archives: November 14, 2009

By Mure Dickie, FT Japan bureau chief

Foreign travel is always a learning experience. The first Asia tour as US president for the usually hyper-capable Barack Obama is a good chance for him to master one important skill needed for diplomacy in the region: how to say the name of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Read more

By Edward Luce, FT Washington bureau chief, in Tokyo

One of the benefits of having a multiracial president is that he can identify with people all over the place. Barack Obama has that in endless dollops – the boy from Hawaii, who grew up in Indonesia and made Chicago his home. Read more