Many Americans seem interested in finding some explanation of how the Japanese have used unfair tactics to outperform other countries; charges that they are imitators, narrow economic animals, and dumpers and that their government and business have illicit intimacy are not uncommon. Such facile attempts to explain Japanese success may ease American anxiety about our performance, but not only are they unfair to the Japanese but they blind us from learning about Japanese success and condemn us to falling further behind.

Japan as Number One, by Ezra Vogel, P22

许多美国人都想找证据,证明日本之所以超越其他国家,是用了不可告人的手段。比如说,日本货都是山寨货,日本人眼里只有钱,向外国倾销便宜货,日本政府和企业勾肩搭背,如此种种。这种图一时之快的解释,可能会让美国人心里好受一些,让美国的表现在日本的成功面前不那么扎眼。但是,这不仅冤枉了日本,也蒙蔽了美国,使美国不能正视日本成功,只能比日本越落越远。

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