“It is an old routine that goes back half a century: a sudden show of resolve in Tokyo to do whatever it takes to fix whatever problem worries the United States -- complete with ‘reformist’ ministers and bold policy pronouncements,” said Akio Mikuni and R. Taggart Murphy. “In time, both the policy and the minister are forgotten, and Japan returns to business and politics as usual.”
Rather than just saying “no” to America, Japan typically elects politicians who say “yes” to America, who “try” to implement the policies Washington wants, but who in the end get hit with one scandal after another and who ultimately resign before they can affect any lasting change in Japan.
Ooh, those sneaky, treacherous guys. They really take the cake.