March 27, 2005

GUESS WHO WE SIDE WITH:

Koizumi stands firm to Chirac on Japan hosting nuclear project (AFP, Mar 27, 2005)

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Sunday that Japan stood firm in its attempt to host a revolutionary nuclear reactor, amid EU pressure to let France be the site of the multibillion-dollar project.

Koizumi and French President Jacques Chirac discussed the deadlock over the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) during talks in Tokyo.

"Japan has no intention to withdraw its bid to invite ITER," Koizumi told a joint news conference with the French head of state.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2005 9:51 PM
Comments

Lafeyette?

Posted by: Phil at March 27, 2005 10:28 PM

THWAP!!! Take that, Jacques, baby! Say sayonara to your ability to skim millions off this project and bolster your faltering economy.

Posted by: oswald booth czolgosz at March 27, 2005 10:30 PM

Is Chirac so deluded that he thinks the Japanese would side with, what, a third-rate European power who just chose the wrong side for the umpteenth time in a major war, over the U.S.?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 27, 2005 10:54 PM

Koizumi is just too hip to deal with a wrinkled old frog.

Posted by: ratbert at March 27, 2005 11:41 PM

Do you suppose the inventor of the air brake ever imagined that his company would someday exert such influence over heads of state?

Posted by: ghostcat at March 28, 2005 12:28 AM

All issues of geopolitics aside, having driven both French and Japanese cars, I know who *I* would want building this thing, and it's not the French.

Posted by: ralph phelan at March 29, 2005 11:25 AM
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