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Opinion

What Japan and the US can learn from each other

The cost of racial division versus the cost of homogeneity

| Japan

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi professor and senior fellow in Japanese studies at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and professor of sociology, all at Stanford University, where he is also director of the Japan Program.

As the summer of racial unrest forced America to confront its racist past and present yet again, a book by Heather McGhee, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together," which documents how racial division prevents Americans from uniting to lift everyone's lot, has attracted a good deal of attention.

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