As regular Readers know, the second half of 2022 was particularly quiet for me as a blogger. Not as an author, of course, as I still put out my regular monthly Shingetsu News Agency “Visible Minorities” Columns. And not as a professional, as I have been employed full time in recent semesters with six classes teaching hundreds of students Political Science. All of my energies have been going towards crafting lectures and powerpoints, grading, and lecturing. Last semester alone, despite Covid, I held 210 in-person classes, and enjoyed every minute of them. I love teaching. It’s probably as much my calling as writing and research.
That is why blogging here on Debito.org has taken a back seat as of late. Also, my teaching involves Japan a lot less, as I’m teaching courses on other governmental systems, and reminding myself that it’s a big, complex world out there with lots to talk about. Many times the things on my mind aren’t something I see as materiel for this blog, so I’ve had trouble getting my writing mojo going.
(But if my thoughts on issues that aren’t necessarily Japan-specific are also of interest to Debito.org Readers, please let me know as such in the Comments section below.)
But one thing that makes me thankful: Debito.org Readers are still thinking about the issues long discussed here, and are carrying on the conversation even if I’m busy elsewhere. You can see their comments both under my posts and under the Debito.org Newsletters.
Thank you everyone for keeping the torch lit. I’ll try to do better but I can’t promise. I’m teaching another six classes this semester, and anticipating enjoying it just as much as ever. Thank you all for reading Debito.org!