Just a quick note to let folks know that I'm getting out of the Beltway a bit.  Some of you think that this it's vital to escape DC now and then.  I disagree as I know I'll be homesick quickly for the contrived, false, high stakes debates we love to concoct in Washington.

Seriously though, I'm off to do so Asia-watching in Japan and will be reporting back as soon as I land.