Roger L. Simon

Prime Minister Zen

It’s hard to imagine what Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi really said to Chinese President Hu Jintao in their meeting today – probably not “Chairman… er… President Hu would you kindly refrain from distracting your people from the proto-fascist activities of your government with street demonstrations against what Japan did in 1930s?”

According to Reuters: Asked how the meeting went as he left a Jakarta hotel where the talks took place, Koizumi said: “Very good.” He made no other remarks.

UPDATE: Speaking of zen, for today’s LA Times Festival of Books, “showers” were predicted, yet now the skies over Hollywood are clear. What next? The sound of a frog jumping in the Los Angeles River?