Although my Nihongo is limited to about a half-dozen phrases including "May I please get my check?" last week I had the unique experience of being interviewed by an editor at Syriez, a Japanese accounting magazine, who wanted to know about trends and events in the profession in America.

Aside from her impressive English (in sharp contrast to my feeble Japanese), what made me stand up and take notice was just how closely accountants in that country observed the events unfolding upon American soil.

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