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Fresh occasions in Tianamen sq. have made such books suddenly very important, although in a few points outmoded. This one examines reforms in greater schooling from sooner than the republic to March 1988, and makes a speciality of academic and financial family with teams outdoor China, and the impression the reforms might

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All this emphasis on on favoratism, voting blocks, and pork-barrel politics may sound corrupt to many Westerners. But political cultures differ as to the level and type of corruption they will allow; wh at is considered corrupt in one culture may be perfectly acceptable in another. And a political culture's corruption threshold can change dramatically over time.

Thus, Westerners are continually frustrated by continued Japanese neo-mercantilist policies affecting industrial development, trade, and negotiations despite Tokyo's repeated claims that it now has the world's most open economy. In turn, Japanese cannot understand the repeated international calls for a 'level economic playing field' or reciprocity between Japan and its trading partners. All this emphasis on on favoratism, voting blocks, and pork-barrel politics may sound corrupt to many Westerners.

To Japanese, such statements are not racist or ethnocentric, but simply fact. A 1983 survey revealed that 53 per cent of Japanese feit 'superior' to Westemers and only 8 per cent feit 'inferior' to Westemers, a sharp contrast from survey results 30 years earlier in which only 20 per cent of Japanese feit superior, while 28 per cent feit inferior. 9 That a public survey would ask such a question of relative superiority or inferiority among nations is revealing in itself. It is difficult to imagine such a survey question asked in any other OECD country.

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