Washington International Law Journal


As suggested by the title, these comments center on three propositions: that Japan is changing; that somehow Japan in the process of such change has something to teach us; and finally, that we have something to learn from Japan. Living in Japan over the past six months—the longest period during which I have continuously lived in Japan since the early 1970's—I have been startled by the extent of intellectual and material changes. Although some may belittle the Japanese slogan kokusaika, I am deeply impressed by the profound "internationalization" of Japanese attitudes and understanding. As goods, services, and ideas flow in, Tokyo has become a contemporary Rome without the empire. It is perhaps the world's most important economic, political, and intellectual center, combining as no other single city so many diverse centers of the highest international rank and profile.

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