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Regarding the Sept. 2 article ” ‘Distorted’ in translation?“: I have just finished reading Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama’s entire article (“A New Path for Japan,” published on The New York Times Web site Aug. 27) and see nothing in it that is “anti-American.”

It is an analysis of some of the negative consequences of “fundamentalist market capitalism” and the effects over the past 13 years of U.S.-led globalization. There is nothing he says in this article that hasn’t already been said by American analysts, economists and others. Not that the Clinton or Bush administrations paid the slightest attention to any of them.

But “anti-American”? Not at all. They are points that I have made myself, and I spent the first 73 years of my life in America. Hatoyama’s article is one I’d recommend to anyone, including President Barack Obama and his advisers.

george polley

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