Best-selling author Robert Whiting's commentary and podcast cover the past, present and future of Japan. Current events and trends and the news makers who are shaping them are among the topics.

Whiting, who penned the classic "You Gotta Have Wa" in 1989 and "Tokyo Underworld" in 2000, first came to Japan in 1962 and is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the social, political, economic and sporting landscapes of the country.

The California native has written for many renowned publications in his long career, including the New York Times, The Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News and World Report. His first book, "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat," was named Time's "Sports Book of the Year" in 1977.

Over the years Robert has delivered speeches at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Temple University, Occidental College and Michigan State University.

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Best-selling author of You Gotta Have Wa, Tokyo Underworld, The Meaning of Ichiro, The Chrysanthemum and the Bat, Tokyo Junkie.