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Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his wife Nobuko Kan are greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper as they arrive at the G-20 Summit in Toronto on Saturday.

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Laureen Harper: So Mrs Kan, Did you do your own dental work?

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Mrs Kan : So Laureen . . . are you still sewing your own dresses?

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that dress looks like a throwback to the Ukraine circa 1967.

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why are the wives there at all?

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''O, look at your beer tummy.''

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Laureen is just so stunningly.... Canadian

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eh?...ne?...eh?....ne?

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doesent kan shake hands?

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that dress looks like a throwback to the Ukraine circa 1967.

I'm pretty sure this photo was taken in 1967

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Gotta love that nice bright red power tie Mr. Harper is wearing. I feel intimidated just looking at the picture. It's a stunt he picked up from George Bush, I'm sure.

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doesent kan shake hands

I try not to shake hands to avoid the passing of microbes. Bowing is the best form of greeting I think.

Why is Laureen Harper wearing those shoes?

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That's not his mother?...

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thepro - EXACTLY what I was thinking!!!! He got himself a sugar momma there ...

Whoever she is, shes not touching that gaijin for all the umeshu in Toronto...

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Do they even speak English?

Wifey on the right is saying "So Nobuko, wanna go for a beer and let the men talk business?"

Wifey on the left is thinking, "Not in this era you yellow haired, high heel wearing barbarian." (Translated of course.)

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Do they even speak English?

you had to like that about hatoyama, at least the guy knew English

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****#

NationalistRE at 07:41 PM JST - 27th June

that dress looks like a throwback to the Ukraine circa 1967.

I'm pretty sure this photo was taken in 1967

Winner Post! Hahahahaahaha! xD

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"that dress looks like a throwback to the Ukraine circa 1967."

Seems some of you guys are out to lunch on women's fashion. I don't like them but they are all over the place right now.

And I agree, Kan's wife looks like his mom.

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I like the background.

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Is she refusing to shake hands? What an outrage - wars have been declared for less than this!

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Kan is sexist?

"ahhh thats cute she wants to shake hands..."

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I think she's asking Kan for a dance.

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womanforwomen--you're right about the spreading of microbes by handshakes. I remember an American radio host saying that you wouldn't have as many sick people around if the Asian practice of bowing replaced handshakes and, to an extent, hugging.

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Oh, I forgot to mention kissing, as some nations do.

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The G8/G20 summit was a total waste of money. Nobuko's thinking what's the proper etiquette here.

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shufu- wouldn't the Kans be the gaijins here?

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Mr. And Mrs. Kan's smiles look very forced. They should be nice to the Canadians, there's is the only economy that isn't in the toilet.

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Oh jeez, as a Canadian, I am embarrassed by that dress made from Tea Towels. It's worse that that ugly shirt what's-his-name was wearing. Oh short memories in J-politics!

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spankychan, well ... yes ... technically they would ... but ..... you know?

To Japanese gaijin just means not Japanese..

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silverstar, personally I have benefitted a great deal by not shaking hands. It is kind of odd at business meetings etc but the past couple of years I have not suffered from common cold and other seasonal infections. Particularly good if you are travelling to countries with low hygiene standards and overly populated countries. If at all, I shake hands, I try to wash my hands at the next possible opportunity or atleast use a wet tissue to wipe off. And I never touch the door knobs, stairway rails or toilet flush buttons. Use a tissue. I am not trying to be fussy but the cost of missing work or important appointments due to influenza and cold is rather significant.

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To Japanese gaijin just means not Japanese..

Actually most publications and TV stations do not use the word gaijin as they know it offends foreigners. 90% of the time when Japanese want to talk down to foreigners they use it... most not even knowingly they are talking down to foreigners.

Moderator: Back on topic please.

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