Though I do not link to it often enough (indeed, one could maintain a rather decent blog just providing counterpoint and commentary for it) I urge all and sundry to visit Observing Japan as often as possible.
Thought the Japan Observer is always prolific, the "Chicago-born fledgling Japan/East Asia specialist" has just been running rampant these past few days.
And the price for the Japan Observer's words of wisdom...you cannot beat it.
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