Monday Reads: SchadenGaijunPosted: November 6, 2017
Morning Sky Dancers!
So, that’s not really a word. I borrowed part of schadenfreude from the German and gaijun from the Japanese. Gaijun is the word used to disparage outsiders or strangers in Japan. It has a long history. Our national nightmare has gone off to embarrass us in the very area he ceded to the Chinese a few days after his coup. His first stop demonstrated his ability to be the prototype for Ugly American to friends and allies in Japan and his inability in all other things.
It’s really hard for me to really do justice to how insulting and embarassing this asshole has been in the few days he’s terrorized Japan. Trumpzilla is doing all those things that a massively selfish, uncouth, mal-educated Ugly American would do to the exponent of infinity and beyond. His basic response to anything not him is to say something racist, I swear.
The Youtube is of the National Embarrassment dumping an entire box of food into a Coi Pond. You’re supposed to show some class and culture and drop one pellet at a time to the precious fish. But no, we have a toddler who just couldn’t sit still long enough to do what he was instructed to do by the humiliated Japanese.
The moment happened as Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to lunch. The leaders were escorted to a dining room that overlooks a koi pond ad Akasaka Palace.
Moments later, aides opened two large screen doors and the leaders emerged holding two small wooden boxes filled with fish food.
As an aide clapped loudly, Abe and Trump tossed spoonfuls of fish food into the pond. Then, with a look of enjoyment, Trump quickly poured his entire box of food into the pond
The move got Trump some laughs, and a smile from Abe, who actually appeared to dump out his box of food ahead of Trump.
The two leaders then sat down for lunch.
Trump was at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace for a greeting with Japan’s 83-year-old Emperor Akihito before settling down for meetings and lunch with Abe, who has become Trump’s closest partner in Asia as he confronts an increasingly hostile North Korea.
The two men spent much of Sunday at informal engagements in and around Tokyo, lunching on hamburgers at an exclusive country club before playing nine holes of golf. In the evening they were joined by their wives for dinner at a high-end eatery in the Ginza district.
Who the fuck eats hamburgers and plays golf while in Japan?
It doesn’t help the caricature of American ignorance when the leader of the country so blatantly demonstrates his ignorance and speaks about it as a supposedly amusing anecdote.
The remark follows his bizarre behavior after he instructed reporters to give him credit for improving economic conditions in America while speaking about Chinese President Xi Jinping.
After reporters noted Jinping’s “successful run,” Trump complained, “Excuse me, so am I.” He then launched into an extended campaign speech, rather than focusing on international relations.
Yet even when he has done that, Trump has fumbled.
Meeting with Japanese business leaders, Trump said, “We love it when you build cars – if you’re a Japanese firm, we love it – try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over.”
Japan currently builds more cars in America than the big three U.S. automakers do, and they have done so for years.
Trump is already an embarrassment to millions of Americans through his actions and words on U.S. soil, but when he goes overseas, it seems he doubles down on his embrace of ignorance and loutishness.
He is unfortunately the face of America, and he seems dead-set on making the entire country look bad while he tries to puff himself up.
President Trump called on Japan to build more cars in the U.S. during his stop in the country as part of his first official tour of Asia as president.
“Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over,” Trump said at an event with Japanese business executives, according to a pool report.
“That’s not rude?” he added.
Three out of every four Japanese brand cars sold in North America were manufactured on the continent, according to Columbus Business First.
And Mazda and Toyota announced in August that they were investing $1.6 billion to start a new manufacturing plant in the U.S. that will create about 4,00 new jobs.
Trump added that “Japan has been winning” when it comes to trade deals with the U.S.
“I have to say that for the last many decades, Japan has been winning. And you do know that,” Trump said.
Trump has long called for the U.S. to have better trade deal with other countries including Japan. He told reporters one day earlier that he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be having “major discussions” on trade during the trip.
Trump also bragged about the quality of U.S. military equipment during the event.
“We made the greatest military equipment in the world. There’s nothing close. [Abe] is ordering a lot of military equipment, as he should be, given what’s happening with one of your neighbors,” Trump said during a visit to the U.S. ambassador’s residence.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said Japan should have shot down the North Korean missiles that flew over the country before landing in the Pacific Ocean earlier this year, diplomatic sources have said, despite the difficulties and potential ramifications of doing so.
The revelation came ahead of Trump’s arrival in Japan on Sunday at the start of his five-nation trip to Asia. Threats from North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile development programs were set to be high on the agenda in his talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.
Trump questioned Japan’s decision not to shoot down the missiles when he met or spoke by phone with leaders from Southeast Asian countries over recent months to discuss how to respond to the threats from North Korea, the sources said.
The U.S. president said he could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles, the sources said.
In defiance of international sanctions imposed to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons and missile development programs, North Korea test-launched ballistic missiles on Aug. 29 and Sept. 15 that flew over Hokkaido before falling into the Pacific Ocean.
However, the Self-Defense Forces did not try to intercept the missiles, with the government saying the SDF had monitored the rockets from launch and judged they would not land on Japanese territory.
But the altitude and speed of the missiles would have made it very difficult to destroy them in flight, while failure would have been embarrassing for Japan and encouraging to North Korea.
Defense Ministry officials confirmed this view and said there were also legal issues to clear.
Trump doesn’t have a clear handle on the restrictions placed on Japan after surrender on what they can and cannot do militarily. How’s this for a headline? “Donald Trump begins Asian trip in Japan, with ketchup, golf and nuclear war on agenda.”
A Japanese official told reporters the country’s famed Wagyu beef would be on Sunday’s menu, prompting fears of a culinary gaffe.
In May, Mr Trump shocked the foodie world by ordering his $71 steak cooked “well done” and (gasp) smothering it in tomato sauce.
Asked about the prospect of a similar food snob crime against high-end Wagyu, the Japanese foreign affairs official implied a subtle dance of manners is at play.
“We will prepare ketchup,” the official said.
President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. drastically increase its nuclear arsenal follows a presidential campaign in which he made a number of contradictory statements about weapons of mass destruction.
As a candidate, he called nuclear proliferation the “single biggest threat” facing the world while also suggesting Japan and South Korea should obtain nuclear weapons as a defense. During one debate he ruled out a “first strike” but in the same breath said he would not take anything off the table.
He clearly has no sense of what Japan has become since being the first place nuclear bombs were dropped and being stripped of nearly everything after World War 2. Today, there was this shocker!
Donald Trump has risked causing major offence during a visit to a key US ally, with bellicose remarks to troops that talked up America’s military prowess.
The President was speaking at Yokota air base in Japan in the early stages of his tour of the Asia-Pacific region and at a time of heightened tension with North Korea due to the country’s nuclear ambitions.
Mr Trump has traded insults with Kim Jong-un, who he calls “Little Rocket Man”, following repeated ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang including two that flew over Japan’s Hokkaido island.
The billionaire did not temper his rhetoric in a speech to US and Japanese military personnel on Sunday, saying that “together with our allies, America’s warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities”.
“No dictator, no regime, no nation should ever underestimate American resolve,” he added.
And in a remark that held the potential to cause widespread offence in a country where America killed around 140,000 people in 1945 – when it dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the President added: “Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?”
Dr Jacob Parakilas, the deputy head of Chatham House’s US and the Americas programme, told The Independent the remarks were “insensitive”, but arguably no more so than other comments the President is reported to have made about Japan.
“This at the same time that he described them as a nation of ‘samurai warriors’. I think that’s probably much more offensive,” he said.
He added: “It’s a question of what the Japanese people feel. The Japanese government isn’t likely to raise a concern over anything that Trump says that they perceive as insensitive, because they’re seeking his continued support.
“It’s Trump. He barely can get through a day without saying something that’s readable as impolitic.”
Poor Prime Minister Abe. He’s been assigned to play the proverbial Asian Stereotype of Cato while hanging out with Inspector Clueless. I’m particuarly sensitive to all of this since my children are of Japanese descent. I’ve been regaled with such comments as “at least he isn’t black” and “don’t bring home any slanty eyed grandbabies”, seeing a secretary call my ex her “little yellow friend” and watching an uncle by marriage let his aunt that he drug to a family reunion treat my ex–born on a US military base in Japan of the typical war bride soldier thing–like he was personally responsible for the horrible death of her son on the Bataan Death March.
Abe, listening to an interpreter through an earpiece, smiled and remained silent. But his face betrayed a touch of uncertainty as the U.S. leader returned to his script. After the Japanese government had rolled out the red carpet for Trump and his family for two days, the patron was being patronized. It is becoming a familiar theme for Abe.
Their relationship can seem like an oddball mismatch of global leaders who are thrust together over their shared dislike of the nuclear-armed tyrant next door in North Korea, but who somehow hit it off amid golf course hijinks. Since Trump took office, Abe has been his most consistent suitor, courting him with luxurious gifts (a $3,800 gold-plated driver) and constant attention (numerous phone calls and a personal visit to the White House and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida).
But as Abe has lavished attention on Trump, their relationship has retained a subtext in which the U.S. president insists on asserting his dominance in a passive-aggressive manner. It started with Trump’s emasculating 19-second handshake with Abe in their Oval Office meeting in February, after which Abe appeared to grimace as though his fingers had been crushed.
Trump has let up on the power grip since then but in more subtle ways he has continued to show who is the alpha — a price Abe appears willing to pay in his strategic servitude to keep Trump supporting the post-war security alliance that the president had openly questioned in his election campaign.
The Japanese are the masters of wearing different faces and allowing differing levels of intimacy impact relationships. Trump would be well advised to figure out when he’s being shaded in the Japanese tradition. You can learn about kao, menboku, and tiamen here. No gaijun businessman doing deals in Japan doesn’t extensively study these things first. Believe me, the Japanese are great at poker faces, bluffs, and going all in.
So, there’s a lot of TRussia news today. We’re waiting for the Flynn arrests. There’s a huge dump of data on Treasure Isles that shows how nearly every Trump Billionaire on the cabinet is basically in business with Russia. Wilbur Ross is likely going down. I want to spend some time reading the Paradise Papers and grasping what’s going on. Here’s a good place to start.
I just want to bury my head in my pillow and make it all go away.
What’s on your reading and blogging list today?