Japanese Press Upset at Obama 'Slight'

      January 28, 2011 10:19

      The Japanese press is upset that U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned Korea and China several times during his state-of-the-union address on Tuesday night but did not make a single reference to Japan.

      The Yomiuri Shimbun said, "From the U.S. point of view, the economic rise of emerging countries is notable, while there was a lack of new achievements that stood out for Japan."

      The Sankei Shimbun said Obama mentioned Korea five times, China four times, India three times and Russia twice, but made no mention of Japan. "This gave the impression that the main economic rivals of the U.S. had changed from Europe, hit by a fiscal crisis, and deflation-marred Japan to the rapidly growing emerging economies," it said.

      Kyodo News Agency reported, "It looks like the U.S. could not find anything from Japan worth emulating."

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