Does Japan Play Fair? Is the Door Open Wide Enough?

Is the Door Open Wide Enough? Despite much talk of global neighborliness, more push is needed

The root of the problem may be a failure to communicate. Washington's message of rising frustration, and even anger, over Japan's trade practices is being received in Tokyo with chagrin and incredulity. The reason for the perplexed reaction is that the flurry of Japan bashing in the U.S. comes at a time when the Japanese feel they have made historic changes for the better in their restrictive and protectionist policies. Japanese politicians and business leaders insist that the old ways have been replaced by an expanding spirit of openness and global neighborliness. Kokusai-ka, the Japanese term for internationalization, has become a...

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