Oct 4, 2004

Buoyant Koizumi makes mad dash for the pole -- but which one?

He was supposed to go to the north pole, but changed directions on the way and ended up discovering the south pole. A connoisseur of polar-expedition literature would immediately say this is a description of Roald Amundsen, the great Norwegian explorer of the early ...

| Sep 6, 2004

End-of-summer thoughts

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:22). There was indeed quite a harvest for Japan this summer. For one, there were the Olympic Games, in which our crop of medals surpassed all expectations. Over and beyond ...

| Aug 16, 2004

A fairy tale warning for financial giants

Oscar Wilde is the spinner of some of the finest tales in literary history. He wrote for a very wide-ranging public, including children. His fairy tales are truly fine. It is a characteristic of Wilde’s fantasy tales for children that they contain profound insights ...

| Mar 29, 2004

Hooked on China's seven percent solution

For Mr. Sherlock Holmes, a seven percent solution provides solace in times of intellectual inactivity, when the game’s not afoot, and his brain craves for stimulus. On those occasions, he turns to a seven percent solution of cocaine injected into the forearm to compensate ...