Even Japanese are embarrassed by Obama’s inappropriate bow to their emperor, so much so that Kyodo News would not even publish the pic. Instead, Kyodo went with a pic of Obama shaking hands with the empress. An academic expert on Japan writes:
“Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first year English teacher trying to impress with Karate Kid-level knowledge of Japanese customs.
“The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms….The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part.”