Sunday, October 24, 2004


"There is a strong streak of idealism evident in Tokyo Central [recent book by Edward Seidensticker]. While it is not of the unvarnished, neocon kind, Seidensticker, who served as a cultural diplomat for two years after the war, clearly holds his country and the values it claims to represent very dear.

I wondered if he would he be voting for George W. Bush in the forthcoming U.S. presidential election.

'No! Don't be an idiot! I think he's the worst president we've ever had! Even worse than Nixon. Nixon was a crook, but he wasn't a fool.'"

From: Eminence cantankerous: Seidensticker still outspoken
by Mark Austin

With much thanks to R. Marshman

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