There are a few key individuals who have helped augment my understanding of Japan immensely. Gerry Curtis–Japan’s top politics expert–is definitely one of them. Here, in a recording from a talk he gave at the Columbia Business School last week, Professor Curtis talks about the distortions created by Western media, the relative competence of the current administration, and why the earthquake could bring positive change to Japan.
By the way, I’m gonna be speaking about the earthquake at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this Thursday. Come visit! I think the keynote will also be web cast, so I’ll post a link when I have one.