There's a definite train theme to today's briefing. As well as the helpful public information about where's best to lie inebriated from one end-of-year party too many (Japanese lubrication lenience?) - something Our Man would never countenance - there's one chap's vision of hell involving trains (A philosophical Essay: What is hell?). Our Man's would be riding in the carriage pictured above (Decorated trains in Japan). In addition, there are various examples of the LDP and country heading off the rails (The center cannot hold, Obama's choice of diplomatic team worries Japan, More Thoughts on the Immediate Future of the LDP) as well as the wit and wisdom of a disgraced Self-Defence Force general (Tamogami says he would nuke America, Let 100 flowers bloom). These last posts have nothing to do with trains, and neither does the final recommendation, Misconceptions, however, it carries the essential warning: don't believe everything you read. You read it here first, folks.