• Kyodo


The Japanese were described as secretive, narrow-minded egoists with no moral code or international outlook, and may be secretly developing nuclear weapons, in an analysis of the country’s psyche written by Britain’s departing ambassador to Tokyo in 1972.

Sir John Pilcher wrote in a letter to Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, dated June 8, 1972, that because Japan emphasizes following formal rules of behavior above all else — something he refers to as the “form” — the Japanese lack a moral code. This, he said, is accentuated when Japanese go abroad.

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