William Pesek is the worst columnist writing on Japan for a major news organization.
Please, please, somebody make him stop.
On a tangentially related topic, David Pilling has been promoted to the Hong Kong position at the Financial Times. He was frighteningly decent on the telephone the other day, announcing his transfer from Tokyo -- which makes me kind of sheepish about some of the things I have written about him over the years.
I told him I thought this piece was really rather good.