Were I to indulge in sincerely grateful hyperbole, I would say that I'm speechless, Justin McCurry. (Link)
But I have a voice, and my limited self-knowledge compels me to shout, "No, no. I actually know very, very little. If I know any one of great value, it is to keep up with what the hard-working, smart folks are writing."
If you want to know about Japan as it is, right now, on the eve of The Election Proving Nothing, find the latest writing by:
T.B., The Economist
Aurelia Mulgan George, various publications (for example)
Yuka Hayashi, The Wall Street Journal
Eric Johnston, The Japan Times
Yuri Kageyama, The Japan Times
Elaine Lies, Reuters
Ben McClanahan, Financial Times
D.M., The Economist
Jacob Schlesinger, The Wall Street Journal
Toko Sekiguchi, The Wall Street Journal
Linda Sieg, Reuters
Jonathan Soble, The New York Times
Corey Wallace, various publications (for example)
and this is just the start, not even beginning on the freelancers, and only in English.
Thanks be for all of you, for all that you have been doing, all this time.