Thursday, March 15, 2007

Abe's Shameless Malarkey Refuted

Do I now have your full attention? Ready to take a break from cross-border legal updates?

Yes, this is in fact a North Korean news headline, in one of those priceless English translations. Here are a few excerpts:

"Abe's Shameless Malarkey Refuted

Pyongyang, March 14 (KCNA) -- Japanese Prime Minister Abe's reckless remarks aimed to throw the past crimes committed by Japan into the limbo of oblivion remind one of the saying that "Leopards don't change their spots," observes a Minju Joson analyst Wednesday.

Noting that he totally negated Japan's past crimes, letting loose a string of rubbish woefully lacking common knowledge, the analyst goes on: . . . . "

The next time I am out of good arguments on a client's behalf, I will simply accuse the other side of spouting "shameless malarkey" and of "letting loose a string of rubbish woefully lacking common knowledge."

By the way, the satellite image of North and South Korea shows in the starkest terms how economic development can turn dark into light. Whatever your political persuasion, many of us can agree that our cross-border efforts and market liberalization can lead to something positive.

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