Trump’s Japan Trip Just Started Off In Turmoil After Inappropriate Comments Surface

As President Trump sets down on the island and close U.S. ally nation of Japan for the first leg of his lengthy twelve-day trip across Asia, sources have revealed that Trump’s conception of the Japanese people is based largely on offensive racial stereotypes.
Diplomatic sources just revealed that during the height of the North Korean missile crisis this fall, President Trump questioned why the Japanese couldn’t just shoot down the missiles launched by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Aug 29th and Sept 15 – missiles that landed harmlessly in the ocean and were clearly just a very obvious flexing of their ballistic muscle and not a direct threat to the Japanese people.
The Japan Times – Japan’s oldest English-language newspaper – reports that Donald Trump “could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles” despite the fact that monitoring forces quickly determined they would land in the ocean and that the altitude of the missiles would have made it a tricky prospect even if they had been inclined to attempt a shootdown.
The samurai were the military caste of feudal Japan, emerging in the twelfth century before declining in the late 1800s. While the bushido code of warriors remained a powerful source of nostalgic pride during Japan’s fascist period in the 1930s and 1940s, there have not been any real “samurai” for centuries.
His use of the term “samurai” is a cultural stereotype akin to asking why the Scandinavians don’t behave like Vikings anymore or why the French military doesn’t parade around in full plate armor. It demonstrates an appallingly disrespectful lack of appreciation for all Japanese history since 1873 – and the role that our nation has played in enforcing and enabling their pacifism.
It appears that the President of the United States has the cultural appreciation of a ten-year-old, and this timely information is bound to sour his imminent meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan.
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