Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Biden's Travels

I'm not going to get into politics on this blog, but one note: Joe Biden's team released a list of heads of state he has met with.

Now, the team claims the list is incomplete, but as an expat living where I do, there is a conspicuous hole: um, Japan? I realize that prime ministers here change often enough that it's difficult to keep up, but Japan is still the second biggest economy on the planet, and one of the U.S.'s top trading and defense partners.

Has Biden really not met with any Japanese leaders, or is the absence an oversight? It's not that he's shunning East, South, or Southeast Asia; he's met with leaders from almost every Asian country you can name, except Bangladesh and Thailand. Okay, he's allowed to not hit every single one; but still, Japan?

Likewise, another near the top of any U.S. list should be that Neighbor to the North, Canada. Hmm.

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