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「一国の首相に失礼だ」藤崎駐米大使が米紙のコラムに不快感(産経新聞)→このもとになっているワシントンポストのコラム記事で、「失礼な部分」は以下の通り。紙面ではできないけども、ネットであれば簡単に元記事を参照できるわけで、新聞はどんどん元記事を、元記事の言語で紹介してほしい。そうすることで、日本でも英語に直接接することができる。ニュースの元を読んでいかないとダメ。少なくとも英語であれば、そのくらいのことやらないと。原文に当たって砕けろだ!

By far the biggest loser of the extravaganza was the hapless and (in the opinion of some Obama administration officials) increasingly loopy Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. He reportedly requested but got no bilat. The only consolation prize was that he got an "unofficial" meeting during Monday night's working dinner. Maybe somewhere between the main course and dessert?

A rich man's son, Hatoyama has impressed Obama administration officials with his unreliability on a major issue dividing Japan and the United States: the future of a Marine Corps air station in Okinawa. Hatoyama promised Obama twice that he'd solve the issue. According to a long-standing agreement with Japan, the Futenma air base is supposed to be moved to an isolated part of Okinawa. (It now sits in the middle of a city of more than 80,000.)

But Hatoyama's party, the Democratic Party of Japan, said it wanted to reexamine the agreement and to propose a different plan. It is supposed to do that by May. So far, nothing has come in over the transom. Uh, Yukio, you're supposed to be an ally, remember? Saved you countless billions with that expensive U.S. nuclear umbrella? Still buy Toyotas and such?

Meanwhile, who did give Hatoyama some love at the nuclear summit? Hu did. Yes, China's president met privately with the Japanese prime minister on Monday.