Yingluck’s Thai-language speech perplexes Japanese investors

Some Japanese Still in the Dark over Thailand’s Flood Plan – WSJ, March 8, 2012
…For seven minutes, Ms. Yingluck, 44 years old, spoke to the hundred-strong audience without any accompanying translation, leaving many of the attending business leaders wondering quite what she was talking about and awkwardly scanning their hand-outs for clues.
Ms. Yingluck then left the room in silence, smiling and bowing as she went.
A representative from a travel company remarked that attendees were appreciative of Ms. Yingluck’s attempts to boost their confidence and explain Thailand’s new flood-prevention measures. But he also said it was “a bit weird” that her team didn’t provide a simultaneous translation…

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