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Tue May 11, 2021, 11:16 AM

Rahm Emanuel to be appointed US ambassador to Japan

Source: Financial Times

Joe Biden has chosen Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman and Chicago mayor, to be US ambassador to Japan, according to eight people familiar with personnel discussions inside the White House.

The US president will name Emanuel, who was chief of staff to Barack Obama and has close ties to Biden, this month in a big package of ambassadorship nominations, several of the people said.

Foreign policy experts had expected Emanuel, 61, to be given a high-profile post. There was early speculation that he was being considered as the envoy to China but that job is expected to go to Nick Burns, a former top US diplomat.

Tokyo is one of Washington’s most important diplomatic postings, particularly as the US and Japan work together to tackle challenges from China. Highlighting the importance of their alliance, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s prime minister was the first foreign leader to meet Biden at the White House.


Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/c4173360-03d9-4f22-8e0a-d4e1b311d004





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Reply Rahm Emanuel to be appointed US ambassador to Japan (Original post)
brooklynite May 11 OP
reACTIONary May 11 #1
onetexan May 11 #2
HUAJIAO May 11 #3
elleng May 11 #4
nycbos May 11 #8
HUAJIAO May 11 #15
nycbos May 11 #18
onetexan May 11 #25
greenjar_01 May 11 #5
Doc Sportello May 11 #6
Withywindle May 11 #27
TygrBright May 11 #7
rpannier May 11 #30
PoliticAverse May 11 #9
DonCoquixote May 11 #10
PoliticAverse May 11 #12
DonCoquixote May 11 #20
HUAJIAO May 11 #16
milestogo May 11 #11
onetexan May 11 #26
Submariner May 11 #13
LittleGirl May 11 #14
Mosby May 11 #17
former9thward May 11 #24
Withywindle May 11 #28
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Carlitos Brigante May 11 #31
WhiskeyGrinder May 11 #19
Withywindle May 11 #29
irisblue May 11 #21
NurseJackie May 11 #22
choie May 11 #23
murielm99 May 12 #32

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 11:24 AM

1. I wonder if...

... He's learning how to say "fuck you" in Japanese .

(He is reputed to be less than diplomatic in his word choices at times.)

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #1)

Tue May 11, 2021, 11:30 AM

2. LOL Rahm's not known for his patience, but for his ability to get things done

Guy's a good pick & im glad Biden's lured him back to federal service.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #2)

Tue May 11, 2021, 11:38 AM

3. In that case I hope he knows or learns something about Japanese culture.


Being impatient and 'getting things done' in the Western way is NOT very compatible with Japanese culture and social interaction. Japanese are much more indirect...
Does he speak Japanese? Does he understand the difference in 'levels of politeness' in the language, let alone daily behavior?

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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #3)

Tue May 11, 2021, 11:53 AM

4. Ditto

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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #3)

Tue May 11, 2021, 01:18 PM

8. When I studied abroad...

... I took a business class called "cross-cultural negotiation." It was about the challenges that business people have when they are from completely different cultures. One of the examples we use was the vast difference between the US and Japan. We are extremely informal and they are very formal. In our culture one of the rudest things you could do is waste someone's time. In Japan they want to take a lot of time to get to know you, and it's considered rude to use the word no in a business setting so you have to read between the lines.

So what's is polite in our culture is considered rude in their culture and vice versa.

I personally found that to be fascinating.

So I don't know if Rahm is the best person for Japan,

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Response to nycbos (Reply #8)

Tue May 11, 2021, 03:31 PM

15. Not saying "no" is not only frowned upon in business but in daily life.

I have spent a lot of time in Japan, probably 90% of it in Kyoto and the Kansai region in general-Osaka, Nara, Kobe-- but mostly Kyoto.

You are absolutely right in all you say... and Rahm is dubious, in my view for just these reasons..




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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #15)

Tue May 11, 2021, 03:55 PM

18. To my understanding...

... The Japanese also like prominent former figures so that may be why POTUS picked Rahm?


But it's fascinating how something could be polite and one culture and rude another culture and vise versa.


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Response to nycbos (Reply #18)

Tue May 11, 2021, 07:27 PM

25. They certainly liked Caroline Kennedy, and she had no political experience other than being a former

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 11:56 AM

5. Why not Mongolia?

What's the farthest point on Earth from Hermitage Avenue?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 12:01 PM

6. Still the funniest line ever delivered at the WH correspondents dinner

President Obama telling the story of the repub congressperson complaining about a naked Rahm haranguing him in a lockerroom.

Obama replied: "Welcome to my world."



Props to Daily Show writer(s) for that gag.

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Response to Doc Sportello (Reply #6)

Tue May 11, 2021, 10:25 PM

27. I also liked the line about his missing finger

Don't remember the exact words but it was about how he lost one of his middle fingers .... "which rendered him functionally mute."

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 12:51 PM

7. I understand Japanese has a fairly rich vocabulary of profanity, so this should work. n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #7)

Tue May 11, 2021, 10:51 PM

30. I live in Japan and have for three years now

It's not endearing to have a rich vocabulary of profanity in this country in government or business dealings

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 01:48 PM

9. Excellent move by Biden to get Rahm out of the country...

so he can do less damage.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #9)

Tue May 11, 2021, 01:50 PM

10. exactly

now where can he send Joe manchin?

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #10)

Tue May 11, 2021, 01:54 PM

12. The problem is if Manchin needs to be replaced the Republican governor would make an appointment.

So no easy way out of the Manchin problem.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #10)

Tue May 11, 2021, 04:31 PM

20. to quote Cicero

"let him be promoted so he can be kept out of the way."

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #9)

Tue May 11, 2021, 03:32 PM

16. He can probably do more damage in our relationship with Japan.


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 01:51 PM

11. Because being mayor of chicago prepares you perfectly for that.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #11)

Tue May 11, 2021, 07:45 PM

26. Emanuel was a member of the House Chamber from Chicago 2003-2009, so he experienced at the federal

level, not to mention Obama's chief of staff & senior advisor to President Clinton in 1993. He's been in politics for a very long time, including having worked on presidential campaigns.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 02:25 PM

13. I'll miss him beating up on Chris Christie on Sunday's "This Week" political panel

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 03:24 PM

14. Really? Is this good? Nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 03:34 PM

17. Cool. Good appointment.

Dude gets shit done.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #17)

Tue May 11, 2021, 05:51 PM

24. That is not what the people of Chicago thought.

He did not run for re-election because he was going to lose.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #24)

Tue May 11, 2021, 10:27 PM

28. He gets shit done alright

Like corrupt real-estate development deals to his cronies, he was very efficient at that.

Less good at coverups of police murders, but hey, he tried!


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Response to Withywindle (Reply #28)

Tue May 11, 2021, 11:24 PM

31. .

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 04:23 PM

19. Rahm Emanuel? This fuckin guy?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #19)

Tue May 11, 2021, 10:28 PM

29. WOW

Always knew he was awful (Chicagoan) but I keep learning about new depths.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 05:06 PM

21. that guy sucks. I think this is a bad move

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 05:19 PM

22. Congratulations, Rahm!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 11, 2021, 05:37 PM

23. Blech

I don't think he's a great representative for our country - and hardly a diplomat.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 03:05 AM

32. I love Rahm.

He gets things done.

We need ten more just like him.

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