Alien Nation

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Why so angry? In a Weibo post, the usually equanimous CCTV personality Yang Rui went on an antiforeigner tirade

In 1989 the Japanese bought controlling shares in a patch of midtown Manhattan that included Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. It was one of the last gasps of Japan Inc., before the bubble burst and sucked confidence out of one of the most stunning economic success stories in modern times. By 1995 the Japanese had divested themselves of most of the buildings that they spent more than $1 billion to purchase. The economic superpower that had binged on American landmarks like the Pebble Beach golf course and Columbia Pictures was in retreat. Arrogance about the superiority of...

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