Vice President Joe Biden visited Japan on Tuesday in an attempt to quell tensions between Japan and China – and, in the process, he proceeded to gaffe his way around the nation. After stepping off the plane and meeting new ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Biden swung over to a Japanese internet company, where he was slated to speak on women in the economy – the so-called “Womenomics” program.
He then sat down with five women in the DeNa cafeteria and asked them, “Do your husbands like you working full time?” Biden asked the women if they could work from home, as well.
He then turned to talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an attempt to push a regional free trade agreement. “We need a comprehensive agreement that involves longstanding differences between the United States and Japan including issues like agriculture and automobiles,” Biden said. Japan has tariffs against Chinese goods. “All countries – including mine – are grappling with sensitive issues,” Biden continued. “The most important thing is that countries make the tough choices necessary to deliver a successful agreement.”
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