5/05/2004 Add a comment

This is from way, way back (news sometimes travels slowly to Belgium) but it is an astonishing story. The Japanese public is angry at the recently freed Japanese hostages in Iraq, and it's causing these former hostages undue shame and stress. Compare this with the warm embrace America has given its hostages in the past, and it's a wonder that we live on the same planet. Globalization does wonders, but this reminds us that cultural differences can be quite stark. William