Japan as Number Three

The year was 1979, the year Sony introduced the Walkman. China established the first experimental economic zone in Shenzhen opposite Hong Kong. And Harvard Professor Ezra Vogel published his surprise best-selling book: Japan As Number One. It is fair to say that of the latter two events, the publication of Vogel's book gained considerably more attention in Japan. Everyone likes to be flattered, and no one knew at the time what would become of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's market opening initiative.

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