Japan wouldn't like imitators

Regarding the article ''Japan Tries Cloning Its Economic Model in Willing Nations,'' March 24: Japan's actions reveal its growing role as the next world power. Its promotion of ''Asian-style'' capitalism reminds us of US and British economic imperialism of the past. Ironically, by promoting its own form of capitalism, Japan is encouraging other Asian countries to put up import barriers that could potentially hurt Japan's own trade with them. Japan's success relies on other nations' markets being open to its products. In the long run, Japan will not benefit from encouraging others to duplicate its economic policies.

Natalie Cutsforth, Broomfield, Colo.

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