Japan is pulling its army out of Iraq next month and Junichi-chan (my nickname for him) is stepping down soon. He will make his last official trip as PM to the USA this week and see his
But the truly exciting part is where they will be going. I already mentioned that it is a shrine (of sorts). This one is located in Memphis, Tennessee. Yup, as Paul Simon's song goes, "Poorboys and Pilgrims with families, And we are going to Graceland". OK, they're not poor and the families are divorced, separated and dysfunctional, but who cares, "WE'RE GOIN' TO GRACELAND!"
Junichi-chan is a big fan of Elvis. In 2001 he put out a charity fund raiser album titled "My Favorite Elvis Songs". At a dinner in Australia in May of last year, performers started to play ''I Can't Help Falling In Love With You,'' and Koizumi began singing along, and was joined by Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who was sitting next to him.
Who knows, after he steps down, maybe there is a career waiting for him as a Japanese Elvis impersonator. I wonder if Air Force One has a karaoke player?
I just hope something doesn't come up to spoil their fun, like a North Korean missile launch or a catagory 5 hurricane? nah! That wouldn't stop these two.