Tokyo’s Katsumi

Japan’s most volatile politician is making a splash in the South China Sea — and the Chinese are beating the drums of war.

MARK MACKINNON

"I do what I do because I want to," Shintaro Ishihara wrote in his 1956 novel The Punishment Room. "Do what you please, and sooner or later you’ll find out where you are."

Ishihara put those words in the mouth of Katsumi, one of the angry young protagonists who made the author a Jack Kerouac-style cult hero to a sullen generation of youth in postwar Japan and that year’s winner of the country’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. ā€¦ Read More>>

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