Japan: The Undiplomat

He had been the Japanese ambassador to Iran, Poland and now Argentina, and he had served the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo for 37 impeccable years, but last week 59-year-old Ichiro Kawasaki found himself sacked for that most undiplomatic sin of all—speaking out. Was he guilty of gossiping about the Shah, uncovering the truth behind Polish jokes, or detailing the gaucheness of the gauchos? Not a bit of it. All Kawasaki did was to write a book, Japan Unmasked, about his fellow Japanese.

"The Japanese," he observed, "are perhaps physically the least attractive...

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