On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned North Korea that it is "skating close to a dangerous line." Officials in South Korea have elevated their readiness level as they prepare for the possible missile test North Korea has threatened to launch.
Kyung Lah reports that people in South Korea believe Kim Jong Un could act between now and April 15, which is the 101st birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung. The general perception of the young new dictator is that he's not well liked by South Koreans. "The more this goes on, the more they just view him as an irresponsible man-child," says Lah.
Christiane Amanpour spoke with experts who say the belligerent rhetoric is business as usual from North Korea. The unknown factor in this instance is Kim, who is trying to impress his people by standing up to the United States.
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The town of Oppama is about as far away from Main Street, USA as you can get. Virtually nothing here resembles anything American, except for a lone McDonald’s on the corner. But stop and talk to 78-year-old fish-shop owner Kohei Ishiwata and he’ll wax poetic about the US credit crunch.
“They made fake money out of thin air!” Ishiwata exclaims, in between slicing up thick chunks of fresh sushi.
Step next door to Yuji Fujita’s vegetable shop and he’ll teach you a thing or two about trickle down economics, Japan-style. “I hope the US economy improves. They’re a big influence for us,” he says, his 20-month-old son sleeping in the corner of the grocery store that’s been in the family for three generations.
The influence is everywhere on Oppama’s main street, which relies on the robust appetite of Main Street, USA. Oppama is home to a major Nissan plant. It’s the area’s primary employer and every part of life here is connected to the automaker.
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When Republican VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin told a political rally that Hillary Clinton left “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling,” the fashion world paid notice–to the glasses on her face.
Since Palin burst on the national scene just weeks ago, optometrists have been feeling a lot like hairdressers when Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston started their hair crazes. Betty Ruths all over the US were marching in, carry pictures of Palin saying, "I want that." Distributors can’t keep up with demand, leading to a two-month wait in the US and overdrive for the manufacturer in Japan.
“We can’t keep up,” says Sotaro Masunaga. Masunaga says they’ve sold more of the Kawasaki 704’s in two weeks than the company has all year. Even in Japan, customers are lining up, asking for the glasses worn “by that famous American woman.”
The man behind the glasses, Kazuo Kawasaki, is a little caught off guard.
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