Let me make it up to ya?

From Scout:

Yesterday Japan announced it is pulling out of Iraq…

TOKYO, June 20 — Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced today that he will withdraw 550 troops from Iraq, ending a landmark mission that became Tokyo’s largest military-related operation since World War II.

In today’s Japan Times is the announcement that Japan will lift the ban on US beef. The story included this…..

Concerns have also been raised about the political overtones of the deal, which is being viewed as a “gift” from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to U.S. President George W. Bush, who will meet with Koizumi later this month in Washington before Koizumi steps down in September as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Nakagawa denied this, saying the timing of the teleconference had nothing to do with the Bush-Koizumi summit.

Interesting timing all around. Be a shame to risk having Bush lose face at the summit. He hates that