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There is an old rule about judging people by their actions: Don’t generalize. Generalizing may allow you to sound funny at first, but on second take, you may appear completely off the mark. Consider Emmanuelle Bodin (subject of the Jan. 16 article “Frenchwoman fired for leaving Japan during 3/11 nuclear crisis sues NHK“), about whom Shigure Tatsushige (Jan. 20 letter) generalizes.

First, Bodin did not ditch her family. She left for a short time with her two daughters.

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