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The inhuman, unforgivable rape and murder of the young woman in India recently shows a clear difference between the respect accorded women in Japan and their treatment in what are emerging but still Third World cultures.

Hawaiian culture has respect for the goddess energy of women, young and old, but I also want to express some respect for men in Japanese culture as well as for a society that makes it safe for a young female executive to walk alone on a side street after midnight. A woman can stand alone on a metro station platform, her biggest fear being that her cellphone may run out of juice.

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