America in the Mind of Japan

Sony. Toyota. Honda. Mitsubishi. Nikon. Ricoh. Toshiba. There seems no escaping Japan in the U.S. these days. But just try to escape America in Japan, especially if you are young and yearn to be hip in Tokyo. America is an essential element of growing up urban in Japan.

It starts with the clothes: a pair of Bass Weejuns, baggy chinos, a Stanford sweatshirt, a Washington Redskins hat. And it's also the food: the Cool Ranch- flavored Doritos tortilla chips bought from 7-Eleven; real American all- beef frankfurters eaten under a Wrigley Field mural in the Chicago Dog restaurant; or ersatz American...

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