Sunday, April 15, 2007

Wen Ya Gonna Go My Way?

I don't know why we always cry
This we must leave and get undone
We must engage and rearrange
And turn this planet back to one
--L. Kravitz

The Chinese premier overlooks Abe's silliness regarding "comfort women" and engages the Japanese:
Wen, the first Chinese leader to go to Japan in seven years, completes the third and last day of his trip today. While the early part of his visit dealt with improving diplomatic relations with Japan and discussing China's rising economic and military power, Wen also went out of his way to lay on the charm among Japan's citizens.

Yesterday, before addressing Japan's parliament in a nationally televised speech, Wen went for a jog in Tokyo and stopped to take pictures with a group exercising in a park. Today, he threw four pitches from the mound and batted twice at Ritsumeikan's field, surrounded by officials and students.

``I thought I did pretty well today,'' he said after changing out of a Ritsumeikan baseball uniform with his name on the back and into a suit.


Wen's self-described ``ice-melting'' trip follows Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to China in October. The two are working to improve relations damaged by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo shrine that include memorials to leaders convicted of World War II war crimes. Japan invaded and occupied China in the 1930s and 1940s.

Nice. Sources say that Abe, the Japanese equivalent of a paleo-conservative, has agreed not to visit Yasukini during his tenure as PM as a gesture of goodwill to China. He shouldn't visit anyways, but its nice to see he's not completely oblivious to other country's sensitvities.

Holy Jeebus, the Libertines are back?

Sarkozy's pulling away...except if he meets Bayrou in the second round. I almost wanted Royal to win until she voiced support of Quebec's "liberation". They really do need something to change in the republic, and I don't think Sarkozy's the guy to do it.

CBGB's mainstays the Talking Heads show Eminem how to burn down the house:

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