A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 1, 1983

TIME rarely devotes an entire issue to a single subject; in the past 13 years, only five topics have been so treated: blacks in America (1970), the American woman (1972), President Nixon's resignation (1974), the South (1976) and the Soviet Union (1980). Early this year, the magazine's editors decided that Japan, with its constantly increasing impact on international affairs, would be an appropriate topic for such an issue. Japan has moved into the forefront of the news as its booming economy has affected everything from the shopping habits to the trade deficits of...

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