The very kind folks at the East Asia Forum have edited and sharpened a recent, rambling, hyperlinked post into a readable essay:
"The Poverty of Japanese Politics"
Forgive me if I have not said it before, but the EAF continues to be the go-to site for thought pieces on Northeast, Southeast, South and Central Asian politics and economics (Link). We all need to thank Dr. Peter Drysdale and the Australia National University for founding and maintaining this outlet for up-to-date and varied analyses of the major issues facing this vast region, particularly moves toward greater integration and cooperation.
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