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‘Our Airline Crews Won't Beat You,’ Japan’s Deputy PM Tells U.S. Audience

  • Deputy PM says Japanese have kept pride through hardship
  • Aso touts Japan’s work ethic, innovation at speech in NYC

According to Japan’s deputy prime minister, Japan has a lot to offer America: Its people are "graceful" even amid hardship, worker morale is high, and you never have to worry about getting dragged off a plane like the passenger in the United Continental Holdings Inc. debacle.

"Our social fabric has not been torn apart," Taro Aso said in a speech at Columbia University on Wednesday evening. Japanese people endured an economic slump, stayed calm and "the sense of pride among workers is still intact" he said, adding "Airline crew will not beat you," according to the text of the speech distributed to reporters at the event.