Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tobias Harris is Back!

Tobias Harris whose detailed blog posts on Japanese politics at Observing Japan that helped explain LDP and DPJ antics is back! And we are indeed better for it.

He had stopped blogging in 2011. Rumor had it that certain Washington think tankers objected to the respect this young Japan hand received from the media and others.

His observations contradicted much of what these well-paid men and their spokesmodels said about Japan. And he did it with a grace and charm not learned through formal PR lessons or government service.

Harris reenters the fray with an op ed in the Asian Wall Street Journal on May 16th, "Shinzo Abe's Constitution Quest: Instead of focusing on economics, the Japanese leader risks it all to change the rules of governance." 

This Grasshopper joins uber-blogger and The Master of Japanese politics, Michael Cucek over at Shisaku in bringing some light and storm to the understanding of today's Japan.

We look forward to The Grasshopper joining The Master in telling us about grasshoppers at our feet.

~This reference comes from the original TV series (1972–1975) Kung Fu where Shaolin Master Po tells his young student

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Caine: No.
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?
Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

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