Elements of his success
So, the Japanese authorities turn over a captain of a ship they say rammed their coast guard vessel in Japanese waters after two weeks.
But the Japanese authorities detain and imprison a captain of another ship for trying to thwart a Japanese whaler in the Southern Ocean - and that takes five months.
That's the stark difference between having and not having the skipper's own home government fighting for their rights. That and a bit of mineral leverage...Even without the threat of trade retaliation there was no excuse for Murray McCully, MFAT and the NZ government not to support Pete Bethune during his ordeal by putting diplomatic pressure on Japan. China knows how to play hard ball - NZ hasn't got any balls at all. No spine and no honour. These gutless Tories in charge right now are little more than feckless, contemptible arseholes and no country is going to respect us while they are running the show.