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Second Korean Summit

Kim Dae-jong met Kim Jon-il in June of 2000 in what became the first and only meeting between the leaders of that divided country. Whilst Kim Jong-il  promised a reciprocal visit to the South that meeting never took place. Kim’s successor Roh Moo-hyun is on the threshold of a second summit a little more than 5 months before he will leave office in February of 2008 by walking across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea. Becoming the first President of South Korea to do so.

Road Kill and Japanese News

Monday September 24

Fukuda defeats Aso in LDP presidential race
Yasuo Fukuda scored a convincing win in the Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election Sunday but will immediately face a host of problems as the nation’s new leader.
Fukuda received 330 votes in Sunday’s vote while Taro Aso, the party’s secretary-general, received 197 votes.

All LDP Diet members as well as representatives of the 47 party prefectural chapters took part in Sunday’s vote.

In a “Shocking” development to those men from Mars Yasuo Fukuda will be the next Prime Minister of Japan.

Animals become a growing menace on roads
Despite the efforts of highway operators, animals are still entering roads and causing an increasing number of traffic accidents, some with deadly consequences.

Fences have been set up and other measures taken to keep the animals off the streets, but those steps have had limited success.

“It is difficult to prevent all types of animals from entering the roads because their ways of living are different,” said an official at an expressway management office. “Monkeys, for example, can climb over fences.”

Ah! Road Kill Japanese style. They had better adapt West Virginia’s Road Kill Laws “QUICK”

Why Do Republicans Work to Suppress Voting Rights

This is one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen. Where a National Political party the Republicans have set out to disenfranchise minority voters. Isn’t the right to vote guarneteed by the U.S. Constitution?

Amendment XV (the Fifteenth Amendment) of the United States Constitution provides that governments in the United States may not prevent a citizen from voting because of his race, color, or previous condition of servitude (slavery). It was ratified on February 3, 1870.
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Even with the enactment of this Amendment further action was required and taken with The National Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet with all these actions taken the voting rights of Americas minority and poor citizens continues to be attacked by the Republican party and its supporters.

What Did You Expect?

That’s the question one must ask concerning certain events and individuals when one considers past actions and statements.

Making the Government a Corporation

Since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 it has been the dream of Republicans to turn government over to private enterprise believing that it would somehow make government more efficient. What might the consequences be if such a shift were to take

Rocks, Alan Greenspan and the News From Japan

This is the first in what will be a weekly look at news from Japan and occasionally Korea. One thing you’ll discover your not the only ones with strange people, weird events and idiot politicians

Tuesday September 18

He may be the underdog in the race to become prime minister, but with his love of comic books and streetwise talk of pop culture, Taro Aso has plenty of support among Japan’s disillusioned youth.
“Aso understands the youth culture,” said 16-year-old Riku Shimoda, one of those who turned out to hear the two candidates vying to replace Shinzo Abe stump for votes in the neon-infested, teeny-bopper haven of Shibuya.

If one were watch the usual campaign rally in Japan 85% of those attending are middle aged or older. So its unusual for a candidate to attract any interest from the younger generation.

WASHINGTON – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, in his new book published Monday, blames the Japanese government for causing a decade-long economic quagmire that followed the burst of an economic bubble in the early 1990s. In “The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World,” he says Tokyo’s reluctance to take bold action to resolve the bad-loan problems at Japanese banks, such as liquidating the assets of doomed banks, was more for “cultural” reasons than “economic” ones.

I know many people admire Alan Greenspan. However anyone with a rock rolling around inside their head could have told you that the economic malaise was the fault of Japanese government policy.

Cry Me A River. Offensive Republican Ads

Today at his press conference President Bush attacked over their placement of an in the New York Times concerning Gen. David Petraeus. How many times have Republican candidates ran ads that truly were offensive.

Axis of Evil The Junior Partner

Never ones to rest on their laurels of incompetence and failure the NEO-Con’s have set their sights on Syria deciding that it is now a Junior Member of the Axis of Evil while this is consistent with their vision of remaking the Middle East its how they are making the case for Syria’s inclusion that is interesting. As is their real goal which involves derailing the Six Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear program.

In The News! Help Wanted: Japanese Prime Minister

This in the first in what will be a weekly look at news from Japan and occasionally Korea. One thing you’ll discover your not the only ones with strange people, weird events and idiot politicians

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