Regarding Paula Bame’s June 3 letter, “Western values have made a mess“: As a Canadian who lived in Japan, I was shocked and saddened as well to read about the recent tragedies in Japan concerning the decapitation of a mother, parents abandoning their babies, and so on.
Of course, when events like this happen and people feel threatened, they sometimes like to point the finger at what could appear to be the most obvious reason. But to blame Western influence in Japan for the recent tragedies is a simplistic argument, at best. First of all, in matters of mere terminology and perceptions, there are many differences among what we like to call “Western countries.”
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