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Rediscovering AmericaJapanese Perspectives on the American Century$
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Peter Duus

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268432

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268432.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Rediscovering America

Peter Duus

Kenji Hasegawa

University of California Press

This section provides a historical overview of the relationship between America and Japan. It observes that for much of the American Century, Japanese writers have lamented the existence of a “perception gap” between the two countries. The section explains that what this usually means is that Americans do not look at Japan the same way the Japanese do and therefore are urged to “understand” it. It notes however that of even greater concern to many Japanese is an “attention gap”—a feeling that Americans do not pay as much attention to Japan as the Japanese pay to America. The section intends to make this book useful in closing the “attention gap,” by reminding Americans how important it is to recognize the way others view them.

Keywords:   America, Japan, perception gap, attention gap

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