. . . when you are trying to instill global confidence in your leadership abilities.

In response to questions from the international press about S&P issuing it’s first downgrade on Japanese credit worthiness in nine years,

Prime Minister Naoto Kan had little reassurance to offer. “I just heard that news,” a flustered-looking Mr. Kan told reporters. “I am a little ignorant on those kind of matters,” he said. “Let me look into it more.”