• Fujisawa, Kanagawa

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Roger Pulvers’ columns on trends in Japan over the past decades are good pieces of writing from a journalist who was actually there and knows what he’s talking about.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his April 29 Counterpoint, “Spare a Shudder in Memory of an American ‘ism’ That Lives On.” Pulvers uses McCarthyism to make a sweeping condemnation of the collective American character, allegedly evidenced by some scare tactics used by the increasingly irrelevant Bush administration.

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