Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Japan's Obama Mania

Man, those Japanese people just love Obama:

(via Telegraph)
"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)

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