Abe's Turn on Wall Street Is Lost in Translation

Pesek's take on Shinzo Abe's UN speech

Something was definitely lost in translation yesterday when Shinzo Abe spoke in New York yesterday. First, Japan's self-described reformist prime minister raised the specter of Gordon Gekko, the greed-is-good villain of Oliver Stone's 1987 film "Wall Street." Speaking at the New York Stock Exchange no less, a place that's been trying to weed out insider traders since the 1980s, Abe declared without irony: "Today, I have come to tell you that Japan will once again be a country where there is money to be made, and that just as Gordon Gekko made a comeback in the financial world ... so too can we now say that Japan is back."

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