Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will arrive in the U.S. later this week, and he will be accompanied by President Bush this Friday on a private tour of Graceland -- the estate of Koizumi's boyhood idol, Elvis Presley.
In an article on Koizumi's upcoming visit, the Washington Post's Anthony Faiola explains that the Graceland tour is a personal gesture by Bush to thank Koizumi for his support as the Japanese premier prepares to leave office. Faiola's article includes this tidbit:
"Koizumi understood that Bush was a cowboy," said Takao Toshikawa, editor of Tokyo Insideline. "And Koizumi was a man who loved (the film) 'High Noon.' There's no question the two had chemistry."But they didn't sleep together on the first date.