Freedom…

This was the very last of our free days. We’ve had three in total for the month, none of which have been entirely free – but for this one we lobbied for some shopping time in Tokyo’s Harajuku. My last few nights have been very slow – event free – and I’ve...

Staff matters…

So many thoughts swirling from last night, that I didn’t have time to finish my report before my day began today. My 10 am departure was suddenly changed to 9:10am, and I scurried to eat, iron, and shower before leaving for an impromptu visit to the British Culture...

Part Two: Putting the pieces together – one org. at a time

(due to technical difficulties, I’ve split up the sections…read Part One first :)) My afternoon visit was an impromptu one set up by a colleague that I met through the Young Leaders Series at CSIS – Pacific Forum. (He has been trying to get me to visit...

Part One: Putting the pieces together – one org at a time…

The world of civil society is a big puzzle in any country – my vocational day at the Foreign Correspondents Club Japan and Japan Center for International Exchange. My very full day of learning began at 9:30am at Kawaguchi Station where I met Mr. Ueno, a very,...

Forgot to mention…

A few days ago during our ‘relaxing’ stay in Aizu – a boy walked into a police station with his mother’s head in his hands. This happened in the same area we were staying. The brutality of the situation really should be a wake up call to both...

In the process…

…of processing and am writing loads about today’s organization visit. TONS. Really thought provoking, but more than that, some simply amazing connections. I’ll post a long one soon. Tomorrow looks to be another exciting day – if the first lady...

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