“There is no indication that bankers appreciate the damage they have done or the need to change their behavior,” said the Japan Times. “And governments do not appear ready to force that on them. That is a real reason for frustration, if not despair.”
On the day of the Giffords “shooting” and two days after I failed to convince my parents that my government was doing something to me, the Japan Times published an editorial called “Expect a year of frustrations.” According to the newspaper, the American government would remain gridlocked in 2011, as Republicans would refuse to cooperate with Obama a year before the presidential elections. Nothing would get done. Not surprisingly, the newspaper said the relationship between Japan and America would not become revitalized this year.