In Pendulum Over the Pacific, the President’s nephew and advisor goes rogue, teaming with a hawkish U.S. Senator who is scheming to force Japan to lower its trade surplus with the U.S. The senator and nephew see Japan’s trade surplus as a threat to the U.S. economy. They decide to manipulate facts and use history to their advantage to force the President to renegotiate an existing U.S.-Japan trade deal. It’s the 1980s when Japan was the “bad” trade partner, before China’s rise.
Once a student in Tokyo, Morgan Atwood returns to Japan to help foreign students adapt to a new country, language, and culture. A chance meeting in Tokyo with a former professor leads to Morgan’s introduction to the President’s nephew, Rob Harwell. Morgan’s actions help Harwell avoid public embarrassment, giving Morgan an opportunity to skim private papers hinting at the scheme.
Morgan makes inquiries, raising alarms. The Washington group enlists help to find out the source of the “leak” but needs to remain anonymous. Morgan’s new friend and colleague, Fumiko Nakajima, provides a sympathetic ear and helps Morgan fill in the unknown. When Fumiko uses her connections, the Washington group’s concerns rise as they perceive Morgan’s circle of friends as a threat to their plans.
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Timothy Trainer was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a U.S. soldier stationed in Japan in the 1950s. He sailed to the U.S. in time to start school. In 1978, after a stint in the military and earning his bachelor’s degree, he returned to Japan to re-familiarize himself with the culture and language. Mr. Trainer studied Japanese at Keio University’s International Center and then earned a Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies. Eventually, he attended law school.
Mr. Trainer has lived in the Washington, D.C., area since 1987 and has worked for multiple federal agencies and in the private sector. His work on international trade issues has taken him around the world to practically every region. He has traveled back to Japan multiple times for both work and leisure. Pendulum Over the Pacific took years to write during the late 1980s and into the 1990s. It reflects the tensions between the U.S. and Japan in the 1980s.
Mr. Trainer writes professionally and co-authors a legal treatise that is updated annually. He has also written numerous articles and other books in the legal field. In 2017, he ventured into a different non-fiction area when he authored The Fortunate Son: Top, Through the Eyes of Others about the men who served with his father in Vietnam in 1968-69.
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Pendulum Over the Pacific
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February 20, 2019
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