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Book title: Globalizing Japan: Ethnography of the Japanese Presence in Asia, Europe, and America.
Contributors: Harumi Befu - Editor, Sylvie Guichard-Anguis - Editor.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2001.
Page number: 190.
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