Saturday 28 Mar 2020 | 07:41 | SYDNEY
Saturday 28 Mar 2020 | 07:41 | SYDNEY

Malcolm, would that excuse work on your mother?


Sam Roggeveen


11 June 2008 11:33

My colleague Malcolm Cook writes from Japan this morning:

(Japanese PM) Fukuda has been fighting for his political life since before our November elections and has had little time to focus on Australia or even pick up the phone and call Canberra.

It emerged in March that Prime Ministers Rudd and Fukuda had not spoken on the phone since Rudd was elected, adding to the dominant narrative that Australia was neglecting Japan in favour of China. I wondered at the time why it was up to Rudd to ring Fukuda and not the other way around. Tim Dunlop yesterday reinforced this sentiment on his blog, arguing that we have been a bit self-flagellating, assuming all fault lies on our side. If Malcolm is right and Fukuda has just been too darn busy to pick up the phone, we should rest assured that it is not just us imperilling the relationship.