One of Our Man's earliest memories is of listening to his gran warbling out Climb Every Mountain (or did he just remember the reel-to-reel tape of it?), while he was still in nappies. But the song is relevant to today as there are quite a few of the daunting peaks to conquer in Japan, not least a real one (above, in Mañana, Utsugi-dake, mañana), but also economically (Japan's GDP shrank more than first thought in second quarter, How Japan's lessons from the bubble count for nothing, Brazilian ethnic school closing due to foreigner job cuts) and politically - Surprising political poll results in Japan showing the party's nearly over for the ruling party. There is always hope, however, as Japanese tend to make mountains out of molehills. Enjoy.