...a month, a week and a day, I would not be able to produce an essay as cogent and level-headed as "The Declinist Debate Is A Diversion," posted to the Council on Foreign Relations website. (Link)
Professor Gerald Curtis is the smartest writer on Japan. Period.
Later - In his typically more erudite way, Kiwi author Corey Wallace concurs. (Link)
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