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Actually, shopping-binges by Chinese "nouveaux riches" in Tokyo are probably not the sort of "closer economic ties" that will improve things.  Ironically, back in 1986, I remember hearing locals grumble about cash-flush middle class Japanese going on shopping binges ... in Paris!

The march of civilizations is a series of defenses that man has put up against the dread of pure existence.
by marco on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 11:10:02 AM EST
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Indeed, the elites are not the people.

I wonder if the cross-Chinese-Sea popularity of manga/manhua and anime has a small but wider positive effect, though.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:10:38 PM EST
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Elites do have a disproportionate ability to influence public opinion in a direction that supports their interest.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:15:27 PM EST
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Also in the opposite way...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:50:47 PM EST
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