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As a long-term resident, good friend and fair critic of Japan, I have to agree with the hard-hitting opinions expressed in Roger Pulvers’ Dec. 30 Counterpoint article, “Is juggernaut Japan being driven to destruction (and no one’s to blame)?,” in Michael Hoffman’s Dec. 30 article, “As the new year approaches, Japan still reels from 2011,” and in Philip Brasor’s Dec. 30 Media Mix article, “Media figures of the year: The ‘Right Brothers.’

But I fear that their expressions of future doom and gloom for this country will not be read or heard by the average Japanese, who, according to a little survey of my adult students, are oblivious to such opinions. I guess those opinions are never translated and printed in the Japanese mass media.

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