"Two towns called Obama, which means "small shore" in Japanese, are already promoting their names and selling T-shirts, chopsticks and traditional sweets."It's amazing what having a Japanese-sounding name can do for one's popularity in Japan.
Sadly - and this is much, much too funny for me to be kidding - the Japanese pronunciation of McCain's name also means something:
make-inu = 負犬 ="loser dog"
(hat tip to Peter over at jlist)
OBAMA IS BEAUTIFUL WORLD