Friday, November 17, 2006

Japan at a crossroads

Japan is at another crossroads: The economy is finally picking up, but the population as a whole is getting older, and China is taking Japan's title as manufacturer for the world. The number-one topic among the country's pundits is what the new national identity can or should be.

Will Japan's new prime minister—the first born after World War II—help the country "find itself"?

"I have a question. Shouldn't the dark fabric be used for the underarm area?"

—Mellow Monk

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