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What Japan and the US can learn from each other

The cost of racial division versus the cost of homogeneity

| Japan
As the U.S. middle class has become more racially diverse, politics has become a divisive zero-sum game, with many whites seeing government spending as shifting money away from them toward minorities. (Photo by Jim Mone)   © AP

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.

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