Nov 23, 2009

Obama's "ojigi"

Several media said American conservatives got angry after seeing this photo. They said that it seemed that Obama expressed apology to Japanese Emperor. But I don't think that most people in Japan thought so. They only thought he is a very polite man.

I also have learned that he said in an interview that "I would like to go to Hiroshima or Nagasaki in his this presidential term". I am very interested in whether he would express apology about using atomic bomb by the USA during World War 2 when he visit to Hiroshima or Nagasaki or not. Or, he does the visit without expressing any apology to create "the world without nuclear weapons"?


ジョン said...

I get fairly annoyed when Americans act like bowing is always an act of contrition. I think that he did the right thing (even if the bow/handshake combo looked slightly weird).

bikenglish said...


Thank you for posting this comment. I have learned new words, contrition, and weird because of you.

I am interested in how the relationship between Japan and USA change since the Democratic Party of Japan has become majority party and has taken the administration.