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Every time I witness the presence of Tom Cruise in Tokyo, I imagine the possibilities of him moving here as a permanent resident. He loves sushi (apparently a frequent customer at Sukiyabashi Jiro). He knows the streets of Ginza. He’s clearly work addicted. Unlike in the U.S. no one here will ever direct ignoble phrases such as “pint-sized” and “diminutive” at his official height of 1.7 meters, though those who have attended to him in the makeup room whisper it’s actually 1.67 meters.

As for the business about Cruise being a Scientologist, who cares? Tokyoites have an absolute soft spot for “Tomu” — I personally know no fewer than five high school girls who use his photo as their cellphone backgrounds. Shouldn’t he live in a city that knows size doesn’t matter, that it’s all about handling action moves after hitting 50?

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