What would it make sense to read?
Auslin, Michael - Angsty Allies in The Wall Street Journal.
Harris, Tobias - Toward a New Security Consciousness in Japan? at ANU's East Asia Forum.
Lord, Arthur - Japan’s Defense Establishment in a Post July 11 World: Looking Ahead
at the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center's website
Schuman, Michael - A Clouded Outlook in TIME.
I know what you are spluttering, "But, that's TIME, the magazine. The purveyors of some of the most egregious garbage on Japan over the last decade!" The article is nevertheless a reasonably solid presentation of what are some chronic problems, best when you can hear the author just about tearing his hair out as he interviews his most obdurate subjects.
Yes, I too wish I had a least one op-ed or article by a woman of the female persuasion to recommend this morning. Women are all over the day-to-day news -- Hiroko Tabuchi, Michiyo Nakamoto, Isabel Reynolds, Sachiko Sakamaki, Anna Kitanaka, Yuri Kageyama, to name but a few -- but are M.I.A. in the commentary department, Sheila Smith being the lonely exception.
Hat tip this morning to Japan Without the Sugar, for pointing me in the direction of the TIME article.