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2008 June



Long-term View Illuminates Deep, Far Ranging Changes

By Debbie Howard


As I approach my 23rd anniversary in Japan — literally tomorrow, June 24th — it is interesting to reflect on some of the dramatic changes since 1985, when I arrived.  Many have commented on the slow pace of change in Japan, and indeed compared to some countries, change can seem glacial at times.  However, I feel rather confident in saying that Japan is quite a different place than it was.

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