(Hat tip to Marc for article and mark-ups)
The left-leaning Japanese government and its huge corporations—some state-run—have been found to be rife with corruption the likes of which have been known only to a select few unfortunate countries like the previously Liberal government-led Canada. Their economy is in a shambles and has been for about a decade. Their debt load represents about 170% of GDP (compared to our 37% or so). Their stock market has seen one of the most precipitous collapses and prolonged malaise in the history of stock markets, and their industrial blue chips like auto-making and electronics are under siege and being fatally attacked by the burgeoning economies in countries like South Korea and China. They consume about 5.5 MILLION barrels of oil per day. Per day. That’s twice our consumption. Their birth rate has also dropped to dangerous lows.
They’re also one of the biggest polluters on earth, and have failed, badly, to meet their Kyoto targets. Kyoto is a city in Japan. Thank you.
For the leader of Japan to come to Canada and while here, lecture our Prime Minister on sticking with Kyoto and trying to do better, is a little rich, particularly when our Prime Minister speaks of adhering to the much more successful Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate which includes the U.S. and Australia —and Japan.
Of course we could always listen to the Japanese leader and follow their lead here in Canada, as reported by Jennifer Ditchburn in her fawning anti-Canada “news” article for Canadian Press, in which she cheerfully informs us:
For instance, businessmen are urged to leave their ties and dark suits at home during the summer as air conditioners are left off as long as possible. The reverse program is promoted in the winter, with workers encouraged to bundle up.
Sources report to me that Honda and Toyota are going to come out with a line of waaaay retro horse and buggy contraptions next model year. Honda is going with the name “Pre-Civic” and Toyota with “Privious to Now”.
On international matters close to home (his home, Japan), the Japanese leader also saw fit to advise the Canadian Prime Minister that:
Japan also is hoping Canada will add its voice around the G-8 table next month in Russia to those countries urging North Korea to stand down on its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs.
Gee. I guess Mr. Harper really needed that advise from the Prime Minister of Japan. Perhaps Koizumi forgot there was a change of leadership in Canada.
But I love how the “reporter” began the “news” article:
Thu, June 29, 2006
By JENNIFER DITCHBURN, CP
OTTAWA—The Conservative government talks about a “made-in-Canada”
[note scare quotes]
environmental plan like a mantra
[too funny —Kyoto isn’t a “mantra”! But Harper’s non-Kyoto idea is “a mantra”!]
, but the catchphrase was curiously absent when Japan’s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi came calling yesterday.
[note: no quotes]
environmental plan, of course, is the Kyoto Accord, the product of international negotiations in that Japanese city nine years ago.