National / History Mar 22, 2014

The sloughing of Japan's corporate skin goes on

by Michael Hoffman

"Man is born free and is everywhere in chains." No 18th-century Japanese thinker could have written that. It is amusing to imagine one even reading it. What emotion would it have called forth? Outrage? Blank incomprehension? Born free? A revolutionary notion! "The Social Contract" (1762) is the ...