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.
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