The World: Message to America from Japan's Prime Minister Takeo Miki

As part of our Bicentennial observances, TIME asked the Readers of nations around the world to speak to the American people through TIME'S pages on how they see the U.S. and what they hope—and expect—from it in the years ahead. This message from Prime Minister Takeo Miki of Japan is the second in the series.

I have the unique distinction of being the first Prime Minister of Japan to have lived, worked and studied in the U.S. and to have gained firsthand an indelible experience of the many meanings of American democracy.

The time...