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Japan-Mexico relations improve
2006-03-24 11:06
by Bob Timmermann

The people of Japan have been sending congratulatory messages to the Mexican embassy in Tokyo thanking Mexico for sending Japan to the WBC semifinals.

The North American nation's tourist industry looks like it will get a boost too, with one writer saying "We'll go to Mexico on our honeymoon."

That pair of visitors should tip the balance of economic power in North America.

In theory, you can buy Mexican food in Japan. In theory.

2006-03-24 13:59:41
1.   deadteddy8
I have a friend who grew up in Tokyo and went to the American School there. She claims that the best Mexican food she's ever had was at a place in Japan. And this girl has lived in California (Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and San Jose) for six years now.
2006-03-24 15:26:56
2.   Bob Timmermann
I remain highly skeptical of such a claim.


2006-03-25 22:15:58
3.   Spaceman Spiff

While I won't go as far as the claims in Post #1, when I was in Japan in 1989, a friend took me to what appeared to be a fast food Mexican joint in downtown Osaka. I expected it to be really bad, but it was comparable to something you would find in a mall food court in California. I was really surprised.

On a related note, on a business trip to North Dakota in the late 1990s, I stopped at a Mexican restaurant off the highway, just to be able to say how bad it was. It was ten times better than I expected (probably run by people from Mexico). Who would have known?

2006-03-25 23:36:44
4.   Bob Timmermann
There's an "Iron Chef" where the challenger is making Mexican dishes. It was odd to see the Japanese judges recoil in horror at the type of food they were getting.

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