U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) answers a reporter's question as Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Aso watches during a joint news conference in Tokyo October 18, 2006. Rice reassured Japan on Wednesday that Washington would stand by a commitment to protect its Asian ally, where North Korea's atomic test has stirred debate about acquiring nuclear weapons. REUTERS/Itsuo Inouye/Pool (JAPAN)So now that Condi's primary photo-objectives have been taken care of, the rest of the trip is just gravy!
You know what my hopes are for this trip? I'm pining for Condi to do a little photo-op hotdogging and try for the tricky yet adorable "surrounded by a protective cloud of adorable local children" availability so favored by her pal Karen Hughes. Keep your fingers crossed!
UPDATE -- innovative triple matching armchair shot:
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (C) meets Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso (L) and Minister of State for Defense Fumio Kyuma (R) at the Foreign Ministry's Iikura guesthouse, in Tokyo October 18, 2006. Rice arrived in Tokyo for talks with the Japanese foreign and defence ministers as intelligence experts warned a second nuclear test was likely following an increase in activity at the site of North Korea's test on October 9. REUTERS/Franck Robichon/Pool (JAPAN)The Japanese are so advanced. Updates as they roll in!