Taro Aso met with Barack Obama on February 24, 2009.
“Expectations for concrete results from the talks were low, with the Japanese premier’s support ratings having plunged to critical levels at home and many believing he may be unable to cling to power much longer,” said Kyodo News.
Apparently, the current state of Japanese politics had the U.S. government in a sour mood.
“Washington appeared low-key and less enthusiastic than Tokyo regarding the occasion,” said Kyodo News.
Political theater strikes again.
In protest, America refused to grant Taro Aso a joint press conference with Obama after the talks, something Aso strongly desired. America also refused to schedule a state dinner for Aso.