EU head’s po­etic yen for hair

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BRUS­SELS: Her­man Van Rom­puy, the Euro­pean Union’s new pres­i­dent, may not be that well-known around the world but he’s al­ready winning fans in Ja­pan – as a poet rather than a politi­cian.

Bel­gium’s low-key prime min­is­ter is fond of writ­ing haiku – three-line Ja­panese po­ems of just 17 syl­la­bles – and is build­ing a rep­u­ta­tion with Ja­panese poets less than 24 hours af­ter he got the newly cre­ated job.

“We feel very proud that the first EU pres­i­dent ever elected loves haiku,” Kaoru Fu­ji­moto, an of­fi­cial of the Haiku In­ter na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion, said in Tokyo. “It’s great to know that haiku, which is part of Ja­panese cul­ture, is spread­ing.”

Van Rom­puy, 62, is per­haps best known for the haiku that he wrote about his hair:

“Hair blows in the wind

Af­ter years there is still wind Sadly no more hair.” Van Rom­puy’s grey hair is thin­ning.

Fu­ji­moto said there was deep feel­ing in his love of haiku, which is said to be ther­a­peu­tic. – Reuters

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