Both men went on to become politicians in the early Japanese parliament and both have their writings on the public record. Eventually I hope to track down their parliamentary records but, as it turns out, that will have to wait.
|Some of the books I hope will help me |
understand politics in Japan, at 6.12am
I inevitably buy too many books on each visit to Japan. I try to stick to the smaller Penguin-size paperbacks but that just leads to buying more, because they're smaller...it's a self-defeating logic. I like to get a mix of topics: the domestic political milieu, international relations (from a Japanese perspective); anything about Australia in Japanese; and/or general philosophical texts by interesting thinkers. They all feed into my writing and classes, eventually. I might even add a few reviews, over on the other blog.
|Probably my favourite building in Tokyo|
Meanwhile, I had a day to plan. Though excellent, public transport generally takes a bit of planning time-wise. It will take me nearly 90mins to get to the library from home, by the time I walk to the station (20 mins) and take two trains and walk the 5 mins at the other end. All efficient, but time...besides, one thing about working in the national library is that it is across the road from the Japanese Parliament and as a political scientist, I always have a sense of calm excitement around such buildings.
It's the same when I go to Canberra and when I visited Washington DC...well naturally I went to Capitol Hill. Often my travelling companions wonder about me. I've met and interviewed a number of politicians in Japan over the years and more recently, there have been regular anti-nuclear protests around the building...secretly, I was hoping to catch some of those this time...