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It’s been three years since the publication of “Peak Japan” and I’ve concluded that I have half a glass.

My book has received both applause and opprobrium — you can speculate about which is greater — but its message still works for me, even though I wouldn’t mind being wrong. Last week’s report of Japan’s continuing demographic decline prompted a new look at some of the most important indicators in “Peak Japan” and they remain compelling, if not convincing.

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