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As a comparative political scientist who often works with the case of #Japan, I have mixed feelings about stories in the @nytimes and other (US) media that highlight unrepresentative or "exotic" features of the country or its population. 🧵 1/n
On the one hand, as @jolyonbt points out, these stories can be frustrating because they reinforce stereotypes or facile tropes, and often miss complexities and diversities, as well as paint universally common behavior as somehow uniquely Japanese (see #Nihonjinron). 2/n
On the other hand, they keep Japan in the imagination of a population (Americans, especially) that is otherwise woefully ignorant and uninformed about other countries, and may inspire further engagement and inquiry. 3/n
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