Japan Takes A Good, Hard Look At Itself

What's going on here? On Feb. 3, just two days after leaving New York, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa stunned America by declaring on live television that "American workers have come to lack a work ethic." Rubbing it in, a former Japanese trade minister proclaimed that U.S. auto workers goof off on Fridays and Mondays because they're obsessed with weekend play. Both remarks inflamed a trans-Pacific fire storm sparked by similar comments from another Japanese politico.

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