Ja­pan goes wild for Ivanka ‘fan­tasy’

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

He is not a man who likes be­ing up­staged. Yet Don­ald Trump has been eclipsed in Ja­pan on the eve of his first of­fi­cial trip to Asia — by his daugh­ter Ivanka.

Ja­pan was in the grip of Ivanka fever on Fri­day as she made a fleet­ing but high-pro­file visit to Tokyo. In a per­haps ben­e­fi­cial warm-up for the US pres­i­dent — whose pop­u­lar­ity re­cently hit a low of 24% among Ja­panese — Ivanka flew into Tokyo just days be­fore her fa­ther was due to ar­rive to­day for the launch of his high-stakes Asia tour.

Her ar­rival trig­gered some­thing of a me­dia frenzy. “Ca­reer pro­fes­sion­als might find some­thing val­i­dat­ing in her dreamy life­style,” said Pro­fes­sor Jeff Kingston, di­rec­tor of Asian stud­ies at Tem­ple Univer­sity in Tokyo.

“But for most work­ing women in Ja­pan in dead-end jobs with low pay, she rep­re­sents the Dis­ney Chan­nel, an unattain­able trea­cle fan­tasy.”

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