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I have returned from Tokyo to Boston.Normal blogging to resume shortly.I should also thank all of you because even with another day left in January 2009 more readers have visited Observing Japan this month than in any month since the blog was created. So, thanks for that.

Aso calls for a new Japan

Prime Minister Aso Taro, having had his second stimulus package pass the Diet Tuesday, appeared before the Diet on Wednesday to deliver his latest policy address.Rhetorically, the address contains few surprises. In the opening sections, in which Mr. Aso addressed the principles behind his policies. He spoke of the "once in a century economic crisis" …

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An open letter to Ambassador-designate Nye

Dear Professor Nye:Congratulations on your appointment to the position of United States Ambassador to Japan.Your arrival comes at an auspicious time. It appears exceedingly likely that during your ambassadorship the Liberal Democratic Party will be bounced from power and replaced most likely by the Democratic Party of Japan, although possibly a ragtag coalition as in …

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