Robert Whiting is the author of several highly acclaimed books on contemporary Japan, including the best-selling You Gotta Have Wa (MacMillan, 1989; Vintage, 2009) and Tokyo Underworld (Pantheon, 1999; Vintage Departures 2000), which describes organized crime in Japan and examines the corrupt side of the Japan-US relationship. The Meaning of Ichiro(Warner Books, 2005), describes the impact of the outfielder Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners and other Japanese stars on U.S. baseball. Mr. Whiting first came to Japan in 1962 and has lived in Japan for nearly 40 of the past 56 years. He divides his time between Tokyo and the Central Coast of California.