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Europe Must Fight Its Own Battles (Int'l Edition)

International -- Readers Report

Europe Must Fight Its Own Battles (int'l edition)

I find it interesting that you would devote so much space to what the French think about the Bush Administration's foreign policy ("Why the Bushies make Europe nervous," Cover Story, Jan. 29). Europe has benefited from the previous Administration's obsession, in addition to ongoing leadership from U.S.-led NATO. America continues to fight Europe's wars while never getting anything but scorn in return. The simple fact is: Europe is less relevant to U.S. interests than are Asia and South America.

Europeans should be told to fight their own battles so the U.S. can address the growing threat from China. Until Europe can defend itself, its protest cries should go unanswered.

Mark Kraschel

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.Return to top

The Consequences of Japan's Shame Culture (int'l edition)

The problem of Bridgestone Corp. and other major Japanese corporations is deeply rooted in the Japanese culture of shame ("What Japan's CEOs can learn from Bridgestone," Asian Business, Jan. 29).

Being shamed in public has long been considered worse than even the loss of one's life. This shame culture has produced safe streets and loyal employees in Japan, which has resulted in the reliable products that American consumers enjoy.

However, the same culture leads CEOs to hide shameful data or cheat the public without intending to be dishonest.

What's needed is to teach CEOs that public disclosure can be made compatible with the shame culture, and to invite them to learn how to do this.

Akira Hasegawa

Kyoto, JapanReturn to top

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