Contemplating International Affairs in Izu


Steve Clemons Izu Peninsula.jpg
Over the last day and a half, I’ve been seeing as much as possible of the area around the Izu Peninsula in Japan.
For those who want to venture out and see scenery like that above, Hana Fubuki is a great place to stay with seven different, private natural hot springs baths. This ryokan in Izu Kogen is fantastic. Only flaw is that they didn’t have sandals to fit size 15 feet. I hobbled along anyway.
William “Miura Anjin” Adams, the British Sailor memorialized by James Clavell’s Shogun, spent a lot of time in Izu after washing up on Japan’s shores in 1600 and eventually becoming friend and foreign policy adviser to Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu — sort of like Denis McDonough is to Barack Obama (without the washing up on the shore).
I am back to Washington, DC tomorrow.
— Steve Clemons


10 comments on “Contemplating International Affairs in Izu

  1. bangzoom14 says:

    I see a handsome guy in front of a picturesque background.


  2. Don Bacon says:

    I don’t know, Steve doesn’t look too happy, I guess because he had to get dressed for the photo, says a nudist.


  3. Clay Thorp says:

    That’s a pretty cool little factoid. I’m definately going to Japan before I die. Great picture, Steve.


  4. Don Bacon says:

    I’m afraid that Japan is like the UNSC, politically a pawn of the United States, and also it is currently saddled with an unpopular government. Both will change, eventually. China is no doubt working on it.


  5. Mr.Murder says:

    Nice Shogun reference, you’re saying Japan is perhaps a key part of talks with North Korea?
    As an intermediary?
    What can we learn fromt his island nation in how to fashion items for another one(Cuba) as part of a regional accord?
    Japan’s iconoclast example is one that disproves total isolationism.


  6. Mr.Murder says:

    By Raw Story
    Published: May 25, 2009
    Updated 1 week ago
    “Israel suspects Venezuela and Bolivia of supplying uranium to Iran, according to a foreign ministry document leaked to media.
    “We have information according to which Venezuela provides uranium to Iran for its nuclear program,” the document says.
    “It seems that Bolivia is also a supplier of uranium to the Iranian nuclear program,” the document said, adding that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has played a key role in boosting Iran’s ties with Bolivia.”
    -Right wing payback, across the pond, for the war lobby’s friends who want to keep Cuba sanctions in place.


  7. Don Bacon says:

    The relationship to power of William Adams was sort of like Denis McDonough’s, but Adams had the advantage of having been a world traveler and foreign resident whereas McDonough only brings ten years inside the Beltway to the foreign policy table. Even our Secretary of State left the country occasionally.
    How can anyone properly function as a top foreign policy advisor without any foreign experience? It defies logic. I think I’ll be . . .a top NASCAR advisor. Having never been to a NASCAR event should be no problem.


  8. ... says:

    that reminds me of the song, ‘nice girl but her feets too big’ or something like that… might have been louis armstrong…


  9. Mr.Murder says:

    The view from there is lovely, in America our race to the bottom is a contest, to see how many ways you can describe a train wreck.
    Have fun covering the stories as a reporter in the coming days. DC is about to have some major stories.


  10. Mr.Murder says:

    Travel safely.
    Iran had a bomb scare on a plane. Strange Chalabi’s mention fell off the map, so much for accountability. Sounds like some contacts are working the field.
    This paired with other recent news may force a selloff in the morning….
    “WASHINGTON – A fight over Cuba’s possible readmission into the Organization of American States is set to dominate the group’s meeting this week in Honduras and may put Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in an uncomfortable position.”
    This paired with several volatile issues:
    Pakistan erupting(these military in their country tribal regions campaigns will harden opposition to federal or central gov’t).
    “Hillary Clinton Video:Clinton: No exception on Israeli settlement BBC .” <Good starting point but they’ll move backwards, usually it’s the other way around they start at the other end and never get anywhere.
    “Play Video Hillary Clinton Video:Harsh talk, open hand for N. Korea Reuters ” < Non plausible deniability. We are going to try and make China buy into Nuke shields to greater levels, yet their space program has effective laser munitions that can dramatically shift strategic consideration of deterrent use.
    Hard to target some weapons without a picture by satellite to guide them.
    So good we’ve pursued tax cuts instead of staying ahead of these key volatile issues for the past decade.


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