I have been learning a lot of behind the scenes stuff on this Japan trip. I realize that many TWN readers are not into the soap opera that is Japanese politics, but I used to be a real addict and find myself easily sucked in to the complex intrigue here.
A couple of quick things.
First, I am speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan tomorrow morning at 8:30 am. Non-members of the Club can attend my talk for 2,500 yen — but I need name and phone number emailed to me in advance (and don’t flake), and you must give the “cash” to the member sponsoring your entry tomorrow morning. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be talking about Japan’s Historical Amnesia Problem and a bit about think tanks and why Japan really, really needs them.
Next, I will be blogging George Soros’ today at the FCCJ — so check in later for that.
And another thing, lots of people over here know about the exchange I have had with the Sankei Shimbun‘s Yoshihisa Komori. I have gotten word on his next alleged target for editorial attack.
More on that later today.
Lastly, some folks want a coffee session like I have done in other cities. Can anyone suggest something for tomorrow mid-morning, or at lunch time in either the Yurakucho area or around the Hotel Okura — or even Tokyo Station. If someone can set up a time after 10 am tomorrow and before 2, we can set this up.
— Steve Clemons