It's very careless of Koizumi to be caught like that by Korean Massmedia. It's OK to bow in Japan, but if he does so when he is abroad , it means he shows his obedience.
Also unbelievable fact is that he can't speak English even just a simple sentence. Look at Tony Blair speak French very well. If you think you don't speak English, don't try. He looks just pathetic.
He ought to be more and more sensitive about diplomatic protocols.
BTW, this pic is coming up with the headlines after APEC taken place in Korea Nov. 2005. It's very sad that the most sold newspaper in Korea making fun of diplomacy. I'd say their ethos is just based on resentment.
American should remember that Kim Young-Sam met Clinton the other year at the White house, and he used brusque expressions to Clinton, which is like bosses telling something to his subordinate.