chapter  13
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Gullible's Travels: Our Four Faulty Vision Things

Why have Americans, as Japan's chief postwar partner, been so slow to see (and see through) the intellectual and psychological game Japan plays with us, so tardy in reckoning its cost to our practical national interests, and so hesitant to do or say anything much about it? The answer lies deeper than the effectiveness of the Mutual Understanding Industry, which simply piggybacks on certain habits and vulnerabilities of the American mind when it turns its ill-focused and unsteady gaze toward Japan. The intellectual muddles of our own making have long, and exasperatingly repetitive, historical roots stretching the fifteen decades from Commodore Perry's time to our own. We never seem to learn from our past mistakes. That is the burden of Part III.