Reading Gayn's fascinating Japan Diary, which entails his time working as a journalist from just a few months after the end of the war.
Most interesting is that you can see the seeds being sown for the political system we have here today.
It's really no wonder that democracy doesn't work in Japan, imposed as it was by the military. And militaries are generally not the most democratic organizations.
On the turntable: Bob Dylan, "The Genuine Basement Tapes"