What happens in Asia stays in Asia.

That is, if anything happens in the first place.

Just ask Gov. Deval Patrick, if you can find him.

You see, our peripatetic leader, Patrick, who is accumulating more frequent-flier miles than U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, returns today from still another economic "trade mission," this time from a 10-day junket to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

But from the time our absentee governor left Dec. 7 to his return today, hardly anyone could find him to ask him anything. And if a reporter did find him, the governor was not talking. It was all high level and top secret. So what he accomplished over there -- if anything -- on still another taxpayer-funded overseas trip, is anybody's guess.

The man who promised Massachusetts taxpayers an open and transparent administration held more closed-door meetings in Asia than Kerry did while surrendering to the Iranians. And Patrick is not even coming back with a peace plan.

As a matter of fact, it is easier to get an interview with Kerry than it is to track down Patrick to ask him how his taxpayer-funded hunt for a new job was going. He is, after all, a lame-duck governor who is not running for re-election -- and is looking for a high-paying job, particularly one with international connections.

This is not to say that the governor will not declare his latest junket a huge success. This is what he always does when he returns from one of his overseas "trade missions" to Israel, China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, to name some of his destinations.

This time, though, sensing criticism, Patrick telephoned the Boston Globe in advance from Hong Kong on Friday to tell the gullible paper what a good job he was doing. "We think there is more we can do," Patrick said, which is what he always says, without mentioning anything that he had done.

And who is there to argue? By the time you find out -- if you can -- what happened on the latest of the governor's overseas cluster campaign, he is off on another.

Trips like these enhance his resume, and it also helps to bring along a posse for cover. This time the governor's star-studded delegation included Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, Energy Secretary Rick Sullivan and a handful of business, biomedical and investment types.

No doubt they all had an interesting time. But if you were a reporter unlucky enough to have covered the governor's latest trip, it was a different story.

Here is a sample of the transparent governor's schedule and symbol of his openness with the press and the public.

Tuesday, Dec. 10:

8 a.m. -- Discuss the growing clean-energy sector in the commonwealth with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan's Energy & Environment Committee. (CLOSED PRESS). Tokyo.

Noon -- Meets with Japanese technology-sector leaders, followed by a meeting with the leadership team of the Japan External Trade Organization. (CLOSED PRESS). Tokyo.

3:30 p.m. -- Meets with Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akihiro Ota, followed by a meeting with Masayo Tada, president and CEO of Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma. (CLOSED PRESS) Tokyo.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

8 a.m. -- Meets with Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture Yuji Kuroiwa. (CLOSED PRESS) Tokyo.

11 a.m. -- Joins U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy to meet with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. (PHOTO ONLY). Tokyo.

6 p.m. -- Meets with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. (CLOSED PRESS). Tokyo.

Thursday, Dec. 12 (Travels to Hong Kong)

4:30 p.m. -- Meets with Clifford A. Hart Jr., Consul General in Hong Kong. (PHOTO ONLY).

Friday, Dec. 13

11 a.m. -- Tours Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway and discusses best practices for operating and funding public rail transportation. (PHOTO ONLY). Hong Kong.

12:30 p.m. -- Discusses creating deeper collaboration between the commonwealth and Hong Kong with Hong Kong Trade Development Council. (CLOSED PRESS). Hong Kong.

5:15 p.m. -- Meet with Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang. (CLOSED PRESS). Hong Kong.

6 p.m. -- Meets with leaders from American Chamber of Commerce to discuss importance of international partnership and collaboration in the global economy. (CLOSED PRESS). Hong Kong.

There is more, but you get the drift.

Not only does what happens in Asia stay in Asia, maybe it is a good thing that it does, because if nothing happens it is all (CLOSED PRESS) anyway.

Peter Lucas' political column appears Tuesday and Friday. Email him at luke1825@aol.com.