Every month I put the pile of interesting items for Off My Desk in priority order. But some items never make it up from the bottom of the pile because they are not so important nor immediate; they're just interesting or fun. I've always said I was going to run a column someday called Up from the Bottom of the Pile. Here it is. (The "immediate and important" stuff is near the end.) Japan has relinquished the honor of having the most expensive city in the world for the business traveler to ...

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