from The Editor: How times flies in a year! These days it's ever more difficult to keep pace with what's (really) happening around the globe and of course the Asia-Pacific region is no exception.
The regional arms race continues to gain momentum with virtually no corner of the Asia-Pacific free from increased spending on 'defense' and military equipment.
China continues it's goal to establish itself (rightly or wrongly) as the major geo-political force within the region. Naturally upsetting the apple cart with neighboring countries. It's been particularly interesting to see the establishment of new banking/financial institutions which are seen by some as a way to challenge and circumnavigate the hegemony of Washington. Will it work? Time will tell I suppose.
Military coups and drills, territorial disputes, cyber threats, Fukushima and of course the upcoming G20 here in Brisbane, Australia have all been consistent and worrying developments making the rounds throughout the region and on this website over the past 12 months.
Fortunately it hasn't all been troubling news. Across the Asia-Pacific everyday people are doing what they can to resist and stand-up against the numerous challenges that they face. GMO resistance, TPP activism, and some encouraging signs of new peaceful alternatives aimed at truly bringing communities together without the forceful hand of the state intervening are very positive. Which is something that I hope we all (myself included) continue to strive for.
With that said, for the last couple of years my wife and I spent a few weeks in Japan. We had such an incredible time there in 2012 and 2013 that we're making the trip once again this year for some much needed R and R. As you can imagine we are very excited to be heading back for a 3rd time! There are still so many amazing things to experience in Japan that we just couldn't resist making the trip again.
So with the running of apperspective.net being essentially a one-man-show the site is going to be pretty much inactive over the next month or so.
However my vacation isn't all going to be sushi and shinkansen's. This trip (like last year) I am very excited to be catching up again with James Corbett. I will encourage all of you to make sure you are up to speed with the reading/viewing for NEXT month's 'Film, Literature and the New World Order' podcast. Where we'll be taking a close look at the incredible anime film 'Grave of the Fireflies'. So keep your eye out for that one in a few weeks time. You can revisit my time last year in the sunny climes of western Japan by checking out epsiode 283 - 'Solutions: Making Your Own Media' of the Corbett Report podcast and for those who are interested, I'll be posting some photos and videos from our time in Japan on my twitter. Follow me @brocwest.
That's all from me for now, take care.