The food was traditional Italian, as we shared five appetizers and four pastas. I started with a Cinzano cocktail and we then had a bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Mr. Kogawa was very accommodating, allowing me to add sliced onion and basil leaves to my aglio olio and having my cappuccino enhanced with an expresso.
Another breakfast this morning at the Westin:
I'm in Tokyo, so let me focus this Friday only on Japan:
about travel to Europe. Tom Toles' cartoon well captures the danger.
Seiko Noda, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who was once in the high running for Prime Minister. At the age of 37, she was the youngest minister in the Cabinet of PM Keizo Obuchi. Although not married, she used the sperm of her current live-in (a restaurant owner from Kansai who is 7 years younger than her) and the egg of a "white" American to be artificially impregnated in the U.S.
8. Remember the Kyoto Protocol to reduce global warming? The one that will expire in 2012? The agreement that the USA ignored? Well, negotiators in Tianjin are today getting nowhere in preparation for the Cancun summit next month, the gathering that will make even Copenhagen look decent. Like the U.S. Congress, even the Japan Diet is divided. The fact of the matter is that, while Japan had a really hot summer, "only" 132 died (remember, the country's population is dropping nearly 100,000 annually anyway). You literally need tens of millions perishing around the world before decision-makers take a stand.