The New York Times article on (Asian) tourism in Japan reminded me that I need to make my decision whether to put my proposal in for SCMS Tokyo soon and that price is going to be the major determinant. Just in time for such a decision, the Economist comes out with their latest Big Mac index. The good news: Japan's currency is relatively weak to the dollar. Whether a lower purchasing power parity makes up for rising airfares is another matter.
Is anyone submitting to the conference? I believe I've heard of only one person so far who has confirmed plans to attend.